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Waterhemp weed uses genetic ‘tricks’ to outsmart herbicides, threatening farmers’ crop yields

The weed that represents the biggest threat to Midwestern corn and soybean production, waterhemp, has outsmarted almost every kind of ...
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Humans may have driven weeds to evolve to resemble crop plants—And they even became edible

Nikolai Vavilov’s story has stuck with Longjiang Fan ever since he learned about the Soviet plant biologist during his undergraduate ...
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Viruses that ‘turn off’ plant genes could help farmers battle herbicide-resistant weeds

A team of scientists from Rothamsted Research have successfully adapted genetic techniques developed for crop improvement to be used in ...
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EPA green lights weedkiller for use on GMO soy, helping farmers control herbicide-resistant weeds

[March 30], the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the registration of the use of isoxaflutole on genetically engineered soybeans, ...
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Glyphosate herbicide cancer fears could turn electricity, microwaves into viable weed-killing tools

Concern about glyphosate - the world's most widely-used weedkiller - has been growing since 2015, when the World Health Organization's ...
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Farmers may soon use drones to battle herbicide-resistant weeds

Remote sensing provides an alternative to ground-based manual scouting for weeds in agriculture fields. And, while many advances have been ...
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Can controlled burns crack down on herbicide-resistant weeds?

Weeds are thieves. They steal nutrients, sunlight and water from our food crops. In the case of sugarcane, yield refers ...
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How early farmers helped barnyard grass become one of the ‘world’s worst’ weeds

Vavilovian mimicry allowed barnyard grass to become the scourge of rice cultivation ...
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Will weed-killing robots replace controversial herbicides on the farm?

Weeds are the bane of a farmer’s existence—the “most important of all crop pests,” as one scientist put it. They ...
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Podcast: Are farmers losing the ‘agricultural arms race’ against weeds?

There was a moment, about 20 years ago, when farmers thought that they'd finally defeated weeds forever. Biotech companies had ...
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Without glyphosate, farmers in seven Asian countries face $1.4-$1.9 billion increase in weed control costs, study finds

A new paper published in the journal Agbioforum points to higher weed control costs, less effective weed control, more difficult access ...
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New herbicide controls hard-to-kill weeds, could be paired with resistant GMO crops

Purdue University researchers have developed a compound effective for controlling weeds that is also safe for people and the environment. They ...
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Are farmers struggling to control weeds in the face of dicamba herbicide restrictions?

If there is one thorn in the side of Missouri farmer Tommy Riley, it’s pigweed. ...Riley told members of the ...
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Targeting weeds at the genetic level aids battle against herbicide resistance

Understanding how weeds evolve to become invasive and herbicide-resistant at the genetic level can help scientists design better weed controls ...
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Monoculture: Do intensive farming and GMOs really threaten biodiversity?

Many critics claim GMOs increase the practice of monoculture cropping, but is this accurate? Does intensive farming damage our land ...