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Plant breeding innovations required to weather climate change, report says

The world needs plant breeding innovations to address challenges of climate change and a growing population ...
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US soybean and corn farmers fear plant-based burgers and glyphosate lawsuits signal uncertain future

I’m flat busted. My Missouri corn and soybean farm is bankrupt, financially incompetent, a lousy credit risk, upside down--you pick ...
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We need phosphorus to fertilize crops and feed the world—can we mine it sustainably?

If you wanted to really mess with the world's food production, a good place to start would be in Morocco ...
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Animal proteins from GMO microbes: More synthetic food ingredients to launch in 2021

The first three proteins from Motif FoodWorks’ fermentation-based food ingredient platform will be ready for launch in early 2021, says ...
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Consumers largely prefer ‘real’ beef, despite plant-based burger’s surging popularity, survey shows

With all the news about Beyond Meat’s stock price and the rolling out of the Impossible Burger at Burger King, ...
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Chemical-free pest control tools on the way thanks to novel gene silencing strategy

In insects, rapidly evolving primary sex-determining signals are transduced by a conserved regulatory module controlling sexual differentiation. In the agricultural ...
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Can indoor farming surmount agriculture’s biggest challenges?

A car park opposite the infamous New York City housing estate where rapper Jay-Z grew up seems an unlikely place ...
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Growing some crops under solar panels boosts water efficiency, electricity generation

Solar panels might seem like they’re in direct competition with plants. One is catching sunlight to do photosynthesis, the other ...
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Viewpoint: We need intensive agriculture to combat climate change and feed 10 billion people

There is an unforgiving math at the interface of agriculture and the environment ...
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Podcast: Turning mushrooms into bacon (and other cool stuff) to boost sustainability

Today John Cumbers [founder and CEO of SynBioBeta] talks with Eben Bayer, CEO and Co-Founder of the biomaterials company Ecovative ...
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Funnel web spider venom kills a human in an hour—can we use it to battle deadly honeybee pests?

A bite from a funnel web spider delivers neurotoxins that can kill an adult in hours, or a child in ...
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Hormel, Kellogg launch ‘non-GMO’ plant-based meats to compete with Beyond, Impossible

Hormel said [September 4] it will launch its own plant-based meat brand, following Kellogg’s announcement of a similar addition to ...
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Podcast: The story of a grape disease that decimated vineyards for 200 years—and how science helped stop it

When Europeans began to colonize North America 400 plus years ago, they brought along the crops they knew how to ...
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Podcast: Food snobbery vs the Impossible Burger: A skeptical look at health claims about plant-based meat

"Natural food" advocates have blasted Impossible and Beyond as unhealthy. Let's look at their arguments ...
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Cloning tool spots ‘foreign DNA,’ minimizes off-target changes with CRISPR gene editing

Researchers from Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain and Durham University in the UK developed a tried and tested cloning system ...
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Viewpoint: Myth debunked—GM crops haven’t radically changed our food supply

[In August] South Australia announced it would be lifting its ban on the growth of genetically modified organisms (GMO) ...
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Podcast: South Australian farmers battle for access to GMO crops. Will they win?

Australia has welcomed the use of genetically engineered (GE) crops, and farmers have found particular benefit from broad acre canola ...
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Can we stop stupid politics from ruining carbon farming?

It seems like every Democratic presidential candidate wants to get farmers sucking carbon out of the air and sticking it ...
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Climate change boosted banana production for 60 years, but hotter temperatures could finally cut yield gains

Climate change could negatively impact banana cultivation in some of the world’s most important producing and exporting countries, a study ...
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Viewpoint: Developing world farmers see GMO crop adoption as path to prosperity

Farmers on the frontiers of prosperity are choosing GM seeds. They’re embracing this technology so much that 54 percent of ...
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Pollen diversity boosts honeybee defenses against parasites, insecticides, long-distance transport

A new study provides valuable insights into pollen abundance and diversity available to honeybee colonies employed in five major pollinator-dependent ...
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Virus-resistant GMO pinto bean could cut crop losses in Brazil by 40% or more

Brazilian farms are expected to begin planting a transgenic [pinto] bean resistant to the main crop disease in October, and ...
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DNA sequencing technique spots wheat pathogens, and diseases-fighting microbes to stop them

Plant diseases, especially those caused by fungal pathogens, jeopardize global crop biosecurity and preventing them requires rapid detection and identification ...
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GMO ryegrass could help mitigate climate change, but research, regulatory hurdles remain

AgResearch principal scientist Dr Greg Bryan recently returned from the United States where the Crown Research Institute is conducting field ...
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Viewpoint: Brazilian farmers destroy the Amazon? Here’s what Greenpeace isn’t telling you

In 2016, the Brazilian model Gisele Bündchen flew over the Amazon forest with the head of Greenpeace Brazil as part ...
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GM cassava research progresses in Uganda

Ugandan researchers are requesting permission to create permanent demonstration gardens of the improved crops ...
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Climate change’s silver lining? Longer growing seasons boost farm productivity in some regions

Depending on your side of the aisle, climate change either elicits doomsday anxiety or unabashed skepticism. Jason Hubbart, director of ...
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Infographic: GMO crops ‘wreck’ the environment, human health? Latest evidence says otherwise

"GMOs are not saving farmers money, they're not producing higher yields, and perhaps most significantly they're wrecking the environment and ...