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Agriculture Research and News

A different kind of green movement: Seedling growth in space (10/31/2014)

A different kind of green movement: Seedling growth in spaceAn international team of NASA and European Space Agency researchers are studying the growth and development of Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings aboard the space station to gain a better understanding of how plants adapt to weightless environments. ...> Full Article


Researchers see how plants optimize their repair (10/30/2014)

Researchers led by a Washington State University biologist have found the optimal mechanism by which plants heal the botanical equivalent of a bad sunburn. Their work, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could lead to the development of crops that can repair the sun's damage more easily, improving yields and profitability. ...> Full Article


No-till agriculture may not bring hoped-for boost in global crop yields, study finds (10/30/2014)

No-till farming appears to hold promise for boosting crop yields only in dry regions, not in the cool, moist areas of the world, this study found. ...> Full Article


Color and texture matter most when it comes to tomatoes (10/29/2014)

A new study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists, evaluated consumers' choice in fresh tomato selection and revealed which characteristics make the red fruit most appealing. ...> Full Article


Turning waste from whisky-making into fuel -- Close to commercial reality? (10/28/2014)

A start-up company in Scotland is working to capitalize on the tons of waste produced by one of the country's most valued industries and turn the dregs of whisky-making into fuel. Celtic Renewables, formed in 2011, has refined its process based on a century-old fermentation technique and is now taking the next step toward a commercial plant, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society. ...> Full Article


New study shows that shifting precipitation patterns affect tea flavor, health compounds (10/27/2014)

New research shows that major antioxidant compounds that determine tea health properties and taste fell up to 50 percent during an extreme monsoon. ...> Full Article


Plant communities produce greater yield than monocultures (10/26/2014)

Diverse plant communities are more successful and enable higher crop yields than pure monocultures, a European research team headed by ecologists from the University of Zurich has discovered. The scientists are convinced that the cultivation of crop mixtures in agriculture and forestry will play a key role in food safety in the future. ...> Full Article


To wilt or not to wilt: MicroRNAs determine tomato susceptibility to Fusarium fungus (10/26/2014)

To wilt or not to wilt: MicroRNAs determine tomato susceptibility to Fusarium fungusPlant breeders have long identified and cultivated disease-resistant varieties. A study published on Oct. 16 in PLOS Pathogens reveals the molecular basis for resistance and susceptibility to a common fungus that causes wilt in susceptible tomato plants. ...> Full Article


New discovery will enhance yield and quality of cereal and bioenergy crops (10/25/2014)

New discovery will enhance yield and quality of cereal and bioenergy cropsA team of scientists led by Thomas Brutnell, Ph.D., have developed a new way of identifying genes that are important for photosynthesis in maize, and in rice. ...> Full Article


Taking infestation with a grain of salt (10/24/2014)

Taking infestation with a grain of saltNew research shows that salinity plays a major role in salt marsh grass's response to insect grazing. ...> Full Article


'Grapes of Wrath': Stomping out grape disease one vineyard at a time (10/23/2014)

Cracking the genetic code of a common disease affecting grape production could improve vineyard management and help protect the multibillion-dollar grape and wine industry. A Rochester Institute of Technology scientist and an Rochester Institute of Technology alumnus are close to completing the genetic blueprint, or microbiome, of grape crown gall tumor disease -- the bane of vineyards worldwide. ...> Full Article


Building a bridge from basic botany to applied agriculture (10/22/2014)

Building a bridge from basic botany to applied agricultureThe solutions to feeding the world are certainly multi-faceted, requiring knowledge from a diversity of fields and practices to successfully raise food production and maintain ecosystem security. Thus, three prominent scientists are highlighting the importance of basic plant science and its relevance for pressing global issues like applied agriculture. A special issue of the American Journal of Botany emphasizes how a broad range of basic plant science is relevant to global food demands. ...> Full Article


Balancing birds and biofuels: Grasslands support more species than cornfields (10/19/2014)

In a study published today, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin DNR scientists examined whether corn and perennial grassland fields in southern Wisconsin could provide both biomass for bioenergy production and bountiful bird habitat. The research team found that grassland fields supported more than three times as many bird species as cornfields, and new findings indicate grassland fields may represent an acceptable tradeoff between creating biomass for bioenergy and providing habitat for grassland birds ...> Full Article


Wild tomato species focus of antioxidant study (10/18/2014)

Wild tomato species focus of antioxidant studyResearchers analyzed antioxidant and agronomic traits of three wild tomato species accessions and compared them with the same traits in cultivated tomato. The wild species significantly exceeded domestic tomato for all three antioxidant traits, with one exception. The Solanum peruvianum population was found to be best for improvement of vitamin C content, with three-fold variation for the trait and individuals -- twice as much vitamin C as cultivated tomato. ...> Full Article


Clove oil tested for weed control in organic Vidalia sweet onion (10/17/2014)

A study evaluated combinations of sprayer output volumes and herbicide adjuvants used with clove oil for cool-season weed control in organic Vidalia sweet onion. Weed control was not consistently improved by applying clove oil with sprayers calibrated at either 50 gallons/acre or 25 gallons/ acre, and infrequent improvements in weed control did not affect onion yield. The analyses showed that clove oil does not provide suitable levels of weed control to justify the expense. ...> Full Article

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A different kind of green movement: Seedling growth in spaceA different kind of green movement: Seedling growth in space

Researchers see how plants optimize their repair

No-till agriculture may not bring hoped-for boost in global crop yields, study finds

Color and texture matter most when it comes to tomatoes

Turning waste from whisky-making into fuel -- Close to commercial reality?

New study shows that shifting precipitation patterns affect tea flavor, health compounds

Plant communities produce greater yield than monocultures

To wilt or not to wilt: MicroRNAs determine tomato susceptibility to Fusarium fungusTo wilt or not to wilt: MicroRNAs determine tomato susceptibility to Fusarium fungus

New discovery will enhance yield and quality of cereal and bioenergy cropsNew discovery will enhance yield and quality of cereal and bioenergy crops

Taking infestation with a grain of saltTaking infestation with a grain of salt

'Grapes of Wrath': Stomping out grape disease one vineyard at a time

Building a bridge from basic botany to applied agricultureBuilding a bridge from basic botany to applied agriculture

Balancing birds and biofuels: Grasslands support more species than cornfields

Wild tomato species focus of antioxidant studyWild tomato species focus of antioxidant study

Clove oil tested for weed control in organic Vidalia sweet onion



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