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Rewiring plant reproduction for higher seed yields in Africa
Exploiting quirks in plant reproduction could boost yields in two staple crops, sorghum and cowpea, for crop farming communities in...
Clemson Extension experts advise growers to plan attack against diamondback moth caterpillars
If fall brassicas are part of your gardening strategy, Clemson University Cooperative Extension experts say now is the time to develop...
Plant roots grow toward soil fungi
Roots of plants not only release odors themselves, but also appear to react to odors that are secreted by beneficial and harmful fungi...
Photosynthesis varies greatly across rice cultivars — natural diversity could boost yields
Rice is a direct source of calories for more people than any other crop and serves as the main staple for 560 million chronically hungry...
Grain crops with lower carotene levels are less affected by parasitic plants
Grain crops that produce less carotene can produce more food, especially in Africa, as they are less affected by parasitic plants....
Sorghum seems promising as a fodder crop in the Netherlands
Sorghum can replace silage maize. This is evident from a literature study by Wageningen Livestock Research. ...
New 3D model predicts best planting practices for farmers
As farmers survey their fields this summer, several questions come to mind: How many plants germinated per acre? ...
Cowpea protected from a devastating pest, free for smallholder African farmers
Across Africa, armies of hungry caterpillars destroy the flowers and pods of cowpeas; casualties can reach 80 percent of this staple...
Cassava breeding hasn’t improved photosynthesis or yield potential
Cassava is a staple in the diet of more than one billion people across 105 countries, yet this “orphaned crop” has received little...
Scientists find ways to improve cassava, a ‘crop of inequality’ featured at Goalkeepers
Today, as world leaders gather for the UN General Assembly, hundreds of emerging leaders focused on fighting global inequality came...
Scientists take a step closer to heat-tolerant wheat
Researchers working on molecular-level responses in crops have taken a step closer to their goal of producing heat-tolerant wheat. ...
How can Midwest agriculture help minimize the Gulf of Mexico’s hypoxic zone?
A revolution in Midwestern agriculture has to happen to minimize the Gulf of Mexico’s hypoxic zone, according to the University of...
Sweet corn growers, processors could dramatically increase yield, profit
In an industry struggling to maintain profitability, it’s curious that U.S. processing sweet corn – the corn that ends up in cans...
Illinois study proposes circular phosphorus economy for Midwest
Additionally, some of the phosphorus applied to agricultural fields is lost through erosion, carried away with soil particles into...
Soil life thrives between oil palm fronds
Research led by University of Göttingen finds high levels of activity in suspended soils...
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