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Tinted solar panels could boost farm incomes

Tinted, semi-transparent solar panels can generate electricity and simultaneously produce nutritionally-superior crops, offering farmers the prospect of higher incomes and ...
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Human poop as crop fertilizer? Recycled waste may boost yields, cut groundwater contamination

Researchers from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Canadian Light Source (CLS) at the University of ...
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Engineering plants to rapidly repair heat damage could preserve crop yields as climate changes

As plants convert sunlight into sugar, their cells are playing with fire. Photosynthesis generates chemical byproducts that can damage the ...
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Will genetically improved crops be enough to sustainably feed a booming global population?

A growing, increasingly affluent and urban human population is driving demand for more food grown in more-sustainable ways. ... Sustainable ...
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Can we meet global food demand using conventional, intensive agriculture without sacrificing the environment?

The expansion of farmlands to meet the growing food demand of the world’s ever expanding population places a heavy burden ...
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5 nations grow 174.5 million hectares of GMO crops annually—more than 90% of global total

High adoption of biotech crops continued in 2018 with 26 countries planting 191.7 million hectares worldwide. This area is an ...
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Soil fungus could suppress soybean cyst nematodemore—cause of over $1 billion in yield losses every year

The soybean cyst nematode sucks the nutrients out of soybean roots, causing more than $1 billion in soybean yield losses ...
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Temperature-sensing plant molecule could help breed food crops optimized for changing climate

In a paper published in Nature Communications, a group of cell biologists .... reveal the phytochrome B molecule has unexpected ...
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Next-generation insect-resistant crops could beat back pests farmers can’t control with chemicals

To compensate for plant’s reduced defenses, farmers have used insecticides or pesticides to control pests and kill those which attack ...
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‘RIPE’ computer model that boosts photosynthesis could help increase food production by 20% per acre

There’s an international research project called RIPE, short for Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency. The effort .... most recently has developed ...
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Climate change could turn bugs into more aggressive pests—and limit the ability of plants to protect themselves

Recent models are telling us that, as our climate warms up, herbivores and pests will cause increased damage to agricultural ...
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Salt tolerant plants are on the horizon – and critical to address the looming crisis of a shortage of arable farm land

An important study brings us one step closer to cultivating crops in previously infertile soil ...
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GMO cotton, corn have increased farmer incomes in Colombia more than $300 million since 2003

This study assesses the economic and environmental impacts that have arisen from the adoption and use of genetically modified (GM) ...
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GMO corn that tolerates temperature drops could help farmers protect crop yields

Around the world, each person eats an average of 70 pounds of the grain each year, with even more grown ...
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Plant biologist explains how disease-resistant crops could help prevent global famine

Each month, those working at the pioneering heart of Norwich Research Park [in the UK] tell us how their work ...
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Plant growth ‘on/off’ switch could help safeguard crop yields as farmers battle climate change

New research from UC Riverside identifies a protein that controls plant growth -- good news for an era in which ...
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Reduced tillage increases long-term corn, soybean yields, study shows

Agriculture degrades over 24 million acres of fertile soil every year, raising concerns about meeting the rising global demand for ...
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‘Fine-tuned’ wheat varieties could boost Europe’s grain yields up to 90%, study suggests

European wheat harvests could be increased by more than 5 tonnes a hectare according to newly published research into the ...
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Microbe-coated seeds survive salty growing conditions in new study

Researchers at Florida International University have found coating seeds with a fungus and a bacterium could help valuable crops block ...
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Manipulating plant microbiome could yield healthier crops, cut chemical use, study shows

A new study by University of California, Berkeley, microbial ecologists used experimental evolution to help identify the core microbiome of ...
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Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch: The chemists who revolutionized fertilizer production, changing agriculture forever

Without the efforts of Haber and Bosch, the world’s population would be much smaller ...
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India develops disease-resistant, drought-tolerant chickpeas in record time

Indian farmers may soon take hold of two new chickpea varieties with improved drought tolerance and disease resistance traits. The ...
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Redesigning photosynthesis in key crops could help sustain global food production, study shows

Scientists have solved the structure of one of the key components of photosynthesis, a discovery that could lead to photosynthesis ...
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Manipulating sugar production in plant leaves could boost photosynthesis, crop yields

Plants make sugars to form leaves to grow and produce grains and fruits through the process of photosynthesis, but sugar ...
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5 classic American foods CRISPR gene editing could protect from climate change, declining yields

Football is back.... Here are five tailgating classics that gene editing could improve: Beer Anyone who has ever watched Super ...
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Single genetic tweak in GMO corn boosts yields 10%—other crops could be improved, too

Supporters of genetic engineering have long promised it will help meet the world’s growing demand for food. But despite the ...
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We need pollinators to grow food in space, but bees may not survive harsh extraterrestrial environment, study shows

One of the world’s newest space analogs is inside a white ziggurat on top of a former nuclear bunker in ...
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Rat-munching monkeys could protect palm oil, most widely consumed vegetable oil, from rodents

Found as an ingredient in many processed and packaged foods, palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil. Now, ...