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Over 70% of essential crop wild relative species in urgent need of collection, says new research
A first of its kind global mapping project reveals gaps in wild crop genetic diversity for agriculture to adapt to future climate change. ...
Plant diseases: Tracking down molecular mechanisms
DFG approves interdisciplinary research group "Communication in host plant-microbe interaction through exRNA" with core at Justus Liebig University Giessen - research approaches at the system level...
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 sub-Saharan Africa (SA)....
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 food crop if no measures are taken. ...
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 together at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s third annual Goalkeepers event in New York City. ...
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. ...

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