Rising temperatures hinder Indian wheat production

Rising temperatures hinder Indian wheat production A link between increasing average temperatures in India and a reduction in wheat production has been found by researchers. They have shown that recent...

Genome analysis helps in breeding more robust cows

Genome analysis helps in breeding more robust cows Genome analysis of 234 bulls has put researchers on the trail of DNA variants which influence particular characteristics in breeding bulls. For example,...

Leaf-mining insects destroyed with the dinosaurs, others quickly appeared

Leaf-mining insects destroyed with the dinosaurs, others quickly appeared After the asteroid impact at the end of the Cretaceous period that triggered the dinosaurs’ extinction and ushered in the...

Changes in agriculture increase high river flow rates

Changes in agriculture increase high river flow rates Researchers have examined how changes in rainfall amounts and an increase in the amount of acreage used to grow such crops as corn and soybeans can...

Fire ecology manipulation by California native cultures

Fire ecology manipulation by California native cultures Before the colonial era, 100,000s of people lived on the land now called California, and many of their cultures manipulated fire to control the...

New hope for powdery mildew resistant barley

New hope for powdery mildew resistant barley New research has opened the way for the development of new lines of barley with resistance to powdery mildew. “Powdery mildew is a significant problem...

Increasing diversity of marketable raspberries

Increasing diversity of marketable raspberries Scientists compared the postharvest quality of red, yellow, purple, and black raspberries. They discovered significant correlations between raspberry decay...

Carbon loss from soil accelerating climate change

Carbon loss from soil accelerating climate change New research has found that increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere cause soil microbes to produce more carbon dioxide, accelerating climate...

How Australia’s Outback got one million feral camels: Camels culled on large scale

How Australia’s Outback got one million feral camels: Camels culled on large scale A new study has shed light on how an estimated one million-strong population of wild camels thriving in Australia’s...

Rice gets trendy, adds nutrients, so much more

Rice gets trendy, adds nutrients, so much more Rice is becoming a trendy culinary selection of many restaurant menus, but also the go-to solution for consumers looking for gluten-and allergen-free choices...

Food quality will suffer with rising carbon dioxide, field study shows

Food quality will suffer with rising carbon dioxide, field study shows Climate change is hitting home — in the pantry, this time. A field study of wheat demonstrates how the nutritional quality...

Ancient nomads spread earliest domestic grains along Silk Road: Findings push back earliest known East-West interaction by 2,000 years

Ancient nomads spread earliest domestic grains along Silk Road: Findings push back earliest known East-West interaction by 2,000 years Charred grains of barley, millet and wheat deposited nearly 5,000...

First peanut genome sequenced

First peanut genome sequenced The International Peanut Genome Initiative — a group of multinational crop geneticists who have been working in tandem for the last several years — has successfully...

Biochar stimulates more plant growth but less plant defense, research shows

Biochar stimulates more plant growth but less plant defense, research shows In the first study of its kind, research has cast significant doubt over the use of biochar to alleviate climate change. Biochar...

New Capsicum annuum pepper contains high concentrations of beneficial capsinoids

New Capsicum annuum pepper contains high concentrations of beneficial capsinoids A newly released small-fruited Capsicum annuum L. pepper contains high concentrations of capsiate and dihydrocapsiate...

Combating obesity with new Okinawan rice

Combating obesity with new Okinawan rice In recent years, Okinawa has recorded the dubious distinction of having the highest obesity rate in Japan. Preventing obesity-related diseases is an urgent issue....

Satellite shows high productivity from US corn belt

Satellite shows high productivity from US corn belt Data from satellite sensors show that during the Northern Hemisphere’s growing season, the Midwest region of the United States boasts more photosynthetic...

Warming climate may spread drying to a third of earth: Heat, not just rainfall, plays into new projections

Warming climate may spread drying to a third of earth: Heat, not just rainfall, plays into new projections A new study estimates that 12 percent of land will be subject to drought by 2100 through rainfall...

Increasing longevity of seeds with genetic engineering

Increasing longevity of seeds with genetic engineering A new way of improving the longevity of plant seeds using genetic engineering has been discovered. The key is the overexpression of the ATHB25 gene....

‘Best practices’ nutrition measurement for researchers

‘Best practices’ nutrition measurement for researchers Scientists have developed what amounts to a best practices guide to the most accurate way of measuring fruit fly food consumption. “While...