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Non-GMO, high-protein ‘smart peas’ slated for 2021 debut, with other ‘super trait’ crop varieties to follow

Equinom, an Israeli startup, raised $10 million in a Series B round of funding from BASF Venture Capital, Roquette, Trendlines ...
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Future of farming: How next-generation robots breed heartier crops and optimize yields

In a research field off Highway 54 last autumn, corn stalks shimmered in rows 40-feet deep. Girish Chowdhary, an 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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CRISPR gene editing knocks out viruses responsible for billions of dollars in crop losses

Viruses cause billions of dollars in losses for many food, feed, and fiber crops, including staples like wheat, rice, potatoes, ...
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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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Viewpoint: Safe and sustainable CRISPR crop revolution offers counterpunch to ‘misinformation’ and ‘fake dangers’ promoted by anti-GMO campaigners

Gene-edited crops usually can't be distinguished from conventionally-bred varieties. Opponents of NBTs may never comprehend this basic lesson of plant ...
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Improved seeds key to sustainable food security, African plant breeders say

Strategies now being rolled out to ensure food security on the African continent are unsustainable, according to the African Plant ...
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Barley leaf rust resistance genes may help plant breeders battle deadly crop disease

An international team led by researchers at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has identified genes that ...
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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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New ‘Cosmic Crisp’ apple with year-long storage life poised to hit stores in December 2019

An apple a day... a year in the fridge, they may stay. A new type of apple was launched [December ...
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Simple test could speed development of drought-tolerant wheat as climate change accelerates

Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU), ARC Center of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, and CSIRO Agriculture and Food ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Ancient grains’ can transform your health? Probably not—and they’re more recent than you think

KHORASAN, teff, emmer and amaranth. No, these aren’t planets in the next Star Wars movie, but some of the growing ...
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Sorghum gene could help cut massive crop damage caused by birds without harming them

A single gene in sorghum controls bird feeding behavior by simultaneously regulating the production of bad-tasting molecules and attractive volatiles, ...
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Viewpoint: Activist myth-making, anti-science lobbying undermine Uganda’s path to food security

The president's trepidation about crop biotech is science-free and largely due to the influence of Western environmental groups ...
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Genes from wild wheat could boost domesticated crop yields as global food demand explodes

Wild relatives of food crops, such as wheat, host an abundant array of genetic material to help the plants cope ...
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Bacterial leaf streak disease can slash corn yields 20%—will science stop it?

Bacterial leaf streak, a foliar disease in corn, has only been in the United States for a handful of years, ...
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Flood-tolerant crops could survive intense rainfall as climate change accelerates

Global warming has resulted not only in increased incidences of drought and heatwaves but also increased rainfall which brings higher ...
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Manipulating plant mitochondrial DNA could boost crop diversity, promote food security

Researchers in Japan have edited plant mitochondrial DNA for the first time, which could lead to a more secure food ...
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Norman Borlaug: Nobel Prize winning agronomist saved a billion lives and almost banished hunger

Norman Borlaug’s work undeniably changed the world for the better ...
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‘Google maps’ for gene sequencing helps small labs cheaply, quickly develop disease-resistant crops

Australian researchers have developed a tool described as “Google Maps for genes” potentially throwing open the field of genetic manipulation, ...
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Sequenced genome reveals how almonds went from bitter to sweet, could help produce more flavorful nuts

A team of researchers .... has found the genetic difference between bitter wild almonds and the sweet domesticated variety. In ...
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Plants have circadian clocks; knowing how they ‘tick’ could optimize crops for diverse growing conditions

It's widely understood that humans have a circadian clock. When we travel long distances, things get knocked out of kilter ...
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‘Pan genome’ of world’s wheat could supply genetic variation to breed new crop varieties

The growing demand for wheat, the onset of global warming, and the transitioning of Western farming away from intensive agriculture, ...
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Video: Fine-tuning beneficial mutations breeds higher yielding tomatoes

Unexpected interactions between mutations can be a thorn in the side for plant breeders, especially when they’re trying to promote ...
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‘Exotic’ genes from obsolete cotton varieties could boost crop yields without sacrificing fiber quality

Cotton breeders face a "Catch-22." Yield from cotton crops is inversely related to fiber quality. In general, as yield improves, ...
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‘Road map’ of pollen development could help breed more desirable food crops

....Sexual reproduction has evolved as nature's way of shuffling the genetic deck of cards, so to speak. That shuffling actually ...
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Activists, scientists spar over effort to restore American chestnut tree with genetic engineering

The American chestnut tree once sustained a way of life. Pioneers used the tall, straight, and fast-growing tree for fences, ...
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Taming wild plants with CRISPR gene editing in quest to find new foods

A pilot project with groundcherries demonstrates the huge potential in gene editing wild plants for food ...