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Newswise: New Insights on Flowering Could Boost Cassava Crops
Released: 30-Jul-2021 11:15 AM EDT
New Insights on Flowering Could Boost Cassava Crops
Cornell University

Two new publications examining cassava flowering reveal insights into the genetic and environmental factors underpinning one of the world’s most critical food security crops.

Newswise: Fungus That Tastes Just Right
Released: 29-Jul-2021 2:25 PM EDT
Fungus That Tastes Just Right
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL researchers are forming a clearer picture of how plant matter is transformed in the microbial gardens created by leaf-cutter ants

Newswise: Depth of Perception
26-Jul-2021 1:35 PM EDT
Depth of Perception
Washington University in St. Louis

Minuscule tunnels through the cell membrane help cells to perceive and respond to mechanical forces, such as pressure or touch. Using tip-growing cells in moss and pollen tubes of flowering plants, a new study is among the first to directly investigate what one type of these mechanosensitive ion channels -- PIEZO channels -- is doing in plant cells, and how.

Newswise: $20 Million Federal Grant Launches AI Institute for Better Crops, Agricultural Production
Released: 29-Jul-2021 12:10 PM EDT
$20 Million Federal Grant Launches AI Institute for Better Crops, Agricultural Production
Iowa State University

Researchers behind a new artificial intelligence institute say their work can accelerate the productivity and sustainability of agriculture. NSF and the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture are supporting the idea with a five-year, $20 million grant to establish an AI Institute for Resilient Agriculture.

Newswise: Making Clear Biodegradable Film From Crop Residue
Released: 28-Jul-2021 6:10 PM EDT
Making Clear Biodegradable Film From Crop Residue
South Dakota State University

Making a transparent, biodegradable film from crop residue and native grasses can benefit farmers as well as the environment.

Newswise: Hemp Goes ‘Hot’ Due to Genetics, Not Environmental Stress
Released: 28-Jul-2021 2:25 PM EDT
Hemp Goes ‘Hot’ Due to Genetics, Not Environmental Stress
Cornell University

A new Cornell University study debunks misinformation on websites and in news articles that claim that environmental or biological stresses – such as flooding or disease – cause an increase in THC production in hemp plants.

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Released: 26-Jul-2021 2:20 PM EDT
Extreme Heat, Dry Summers Main Cause of Tree Death in Colorado's Subalpine Forests
University of Colorado Boulder

Even in the absence of bark beetle outbreaks and wildfire, trees in Colorado subalpine forests are dying at increasing rates from warmer and drier summer conditions, found recent University of Colorado Boulder research.

Released: 26-Jul-2021 12:00 PM EDT
Golden Rice Approved for Commercial Propagation in the Philippines
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Filipino rice consumers are close to benefiting from a provitamin A-infused rice with the approval of its commercial propagation permit.

Newswise: New Centre to Train Experts in Crop Resilience
Released: 23-Jul-2021 1:05 AM EDT
New Centre to Train Experts in Crop Resilience
University of Adelaide

University of Adelaide experts are part of a new research centre that will train the next generation of scientists to develop more resilient crops.

20-Jul-2021 3:45 PM EDT
RNA Breakthrough Creates Crops That Can Grow 50% More Potatoes, Rice
University of Chicago

UChicago-led research could yield increased food production, boost drought tolerance

Released: 22-Jul-2021 10:00 AM EDT
Danforth Center Joins Decade of Ag Movement
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center today announced it has joined the Decade of Ag movement, recognizing that a unified vision of sustainable food, fiber and energy systems for the future requires collaboration, endorsement and advancement from across the agricultural value chain.

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Released: 21-Jul-2021 11:05 AM EDT
Take a Look Inside the Danforth Center’s X-Ray CT Facility
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Did you know our x-ray computer tomography (x-ray CT) facility is one of the only X-ray imaging facilities in North America that is solely devoted to studying plant biology?

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Released: 21-Jul-2021 10:00 AM EDT
Attack of the Feral Weed
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The world depends on rice: it is a staple food for more than half the Earth’s population.

Newswise: Microbes Promote Lima Bean Growth
Released: 21-Jul-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Microbes Promote Lima Bean Growth
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Researchers identify which lima bean inoculants provide economical and environmental benefits

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Released: 20-Jul-2021 5:35 PM EDT
Untrained Beer Drinkers Can Taste Different Barley Genotypes
Washington State University

When it comes to craft beer, the flavor doesn't have to be all in the hops.

Newswise: Step Inside the Danforth Center Prairie: Plants, Pollinators, and Birds
Released: 20-Jul-2021 4:15 PM EDT
Step Inside the Danforth Center Prairie: Plants, Pollinators, and Birds
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Whether you are driving by or visiting the Danforth Center, one of the first things you’ll notice is the six acres of reconstructed Missouri tallgrass prairie in front of our building.

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Released: 20-Jul-2021 3:55 PM EDT
Katie Murphy Is Inspiring the Next Generation of Plant Scientists Through TikTok
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Like many people these days, Katie Murphy, PhD, is spending a lot of time on TikTok. But Katie comes to the platform with a mission: help more young people see themselves as scientists.

Newswise: The Seeds That Give: Retired WVU Plant Pathologist Donates Tomato Seeds to Developing Nations
Released: 19-Jul-2021 11:55 AM EDT
The Seeds That Give: Retired WVU Plant Pathologist Donates Tomato Seeds to Developing Nations
West Virginia University

Mannon Gallegly, professor emeritus of plant pathology at West Virginia University, is donating tomato seeds to the World Vegetable Center, a global nonprofit institute for vegetable research and development.

Released: 19-Jul-2021 10:30 AM EDT
Danforth Center Announces AgTech NEXT 2021 Lineup
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center today announced that registration is now OPEN for AgTech NEXT TM 2021 and that for the first time, the hybrid virtual/in person event will be complimentary to attend.

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Released: 19-Jul-2021 9:00 AM EDT
BGSU Researcher Asks, 'Is Dredge Material Good for Soil?'
Bowling Green State University

A Bowling Green State University researcher hopes to impact Lake Erie’s water quality by using dredged sediments from the lake and adding them to farm soils.

Newswise: Producing Wildflower Seeds, Improving Soil Health
Released: 16-Jul-2021 12:55 PM EDT
Producing Wildflower Seeds, Improving Soil Health
South Dakota State University

Harvesting seeds from small plots of perennial wildflowers may not only provide producers with a new income source, but also improve soil health and thereby increase the sustainability of agricultural production.

Newswise: No “Vacation” for Green Bronx Machine This Summer
Released: 16-Jul-2021 7:05 AM EDT
No “Vacation” for Green Bronx Machine This Summer
Green Bronx Machine

For Green Bronx Machine, summer vacation is growing season – for plants, people and the organization itself. GBM spends June, July and August tending multiple community gardens and running asummer camp, as well as tackling food insecurity and promoting sustainable food systems with national and international leaders, and preparing for the return of in-person student learning this fall and all of the issues that will entail.

Released: 14-Jul-2021 10:00 AM EDT
Danforth Center and international partners unveil landmark insect resistant cowpea for Nigerian farmers
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Nigeria has achieved a major milestone in the history of agricultural research and development with the commercial launch of Pod Borer Resistant (PBR) Cowpea.

Newswise: The Big Potential of Little Millet
Released: 14-Jul-2021 8:00 AM EDT
The Big Potential of Little Millet
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Overlooked little millet is a promising grain for our future climate. New research shows which varieties perform the best.

Released: 12-Jul-2021 2:20 PM EDT
Every spot of green space counts
University of New South Wales

The city park may be an artificial ecosystem but it plays a key role in the environment and our health, the first global assessment of the microbiome in city parks has found.

Newswise: Field biologists and NASA planes to map biodiversity in South Africa's Greater Cape Floristic Region
Released: 8-Jul-2021 12:55 PM EDT
Field biologists and NASA planes to map biodiversity in South Africa's Greater Cape Floristic Region
University at Buffalo

Scientists from the U.S. and South Africa are launching a campaign to map marine, freshwater, and terrestrial species and ecosystems in one of Earth’s biodiversity hotspots: the Greater Cape Floristic Region at the southwestern edge of South Africa.

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Released: 6-Jul-2021 2:00 PM EDT
A protein complex from plant stem cells regulates their division and response to stress
University of Barcelona

A multidisciplinary research team, led by the CSIC biologist at CRAG, Ana I. Caño Delgado, and the physicist from the University of Barcelona, Marta Ibañes, has discovered that two plant stem cell proteins, known for their role in the correct development of the root, physically interact and regulate each other to avoid cellular division.

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Released: 6-Jul-2021 12:45 PM EDT
Light pollution has complex effects on animal vision
University of Exeter

Changes in the colour and intensity of light pollution over the past few decades result in complex and unpredictable effects on animal vision, new research shows.

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Released: 2-Jul-2021 4:20 PM EDT
Color and flavor -- pigments play a role in creating tasty tomatoes
University of Tsukuba

The flavor of a tomato is an interaction between its taste and aroma. Now, researchers from Japan and the United States have revealed that the pigments that determine the colors of tomatoes also affect their flavor.

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Released: 1-Jul-2021 8:10 AM EDT
A 50% rise in the level of CO2 could reduce rainfall in the Amazon more than deforestation
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo

A 50% rise in the level of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere could reduce rainfall in the Amazon as much as or even more than substitution of the entire forest by pasture.

Newswise: How Plants Become Good Neighbours in Times of Stress
Released: 30-Jun-2021 10:20 AM EDT
How Plants Become Good Neighbours in Times of Stress
University of Bristol

Scientists from the University of Bristol and the John Innes Centre have discovered how plants manage to live alongside each other in places that are dark and shady.

Released: 29-Jun-2021 3:15 PM EDT
Hotter, more frequent droughts threaten California's iconic blue oak woodlands
Frontiers

The devastating 2012 - 2016 drought in California triggered widespread tree cover loss and die-offs of a variety of species in the region.

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Released: 29-Jun-2021 3:10 PM EDT
How humans brought change to a tropical paradise
Flinders University

After centuries of human impact on the world's ecosystems, a new study from Flinders University details an example of how a common native bee species has flourished since the very first land clearances by humans on Fiji.

Newswise: New findings to boost barley yields at higher temps
Released: 29-Jun-2021 1:05 AM EDT
New findings to boost barley yields at higher temps
University of Adelaide

An international team of researchers has identified a novel mechanism in barley plants, which could help crop growers achieve high yields as temperatures rise.

Newswise: New Study Sheds Light on Evolution of Photosynthesis
Released: 28-Jun-2021 4:45 PM EDT
New Study Sheds Light on Evolution of Photosynthesis
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A Rutgers-led study sheds new light on the evolution of photosynthesis in plants and algae, which could help to improve crop production.

Newswise: UC San Diego Scientists Develop the First CRISPR/Cas9-based Gene Drive in Plants
Released: 25-Jun-2021 11:45 AM EDT
UC San Diego Scientists Develop the First CRISPR/Cas9-based Gene Drive in Plants
University of California San Diego

Researchers have created the first CRISPR-Cas9-based gene drive designed for plants. The new technology, which allows scientists to cut and copy key genetic elements, helps scientists breed plants that defend against crop diseases and withstand the impacts of climate change.

Newswise: Drought Affects Aspen Survival Decades Later, New NAU Study Finds
Released: 24-Jun-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Drought Affects Aspen Survival Decades Later, New NAU Study Finds
Northern Arizona University

Research specialist Melissa Boyd and Regents' professor Michelle Mack from Northern Arizona University led the study, which demonstrated the long-term effects of climate change on this vegetation.

Released: 23-Jun-2021 1:25 PM EDT
Reactive and inconsistent practices hamstring efforts to manage invasive plants in the US
University of Massachusetts Amherst

As summer unfolds, more than 500 species of invasive plants will be taking root in fields, lawns, and gardens across the US. As plants continue to move north driven by climate change, the number of invasives will only increase.

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Released: 23-Jun-2021 12:05 PM EDT
The origins of farming insects
University of Barcelona

A beetle bores a tree trunk to build a gallery in the wood in order to protect its lay. As it digs the tunnel, it spreads ambrosia fungal spores that will feed the larvae.

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Released: 23-Jun-2021 10:30 AM EDT
Did the ancient Maya have parks?
University of Cincinnati

The ancient Maya city of Tikal was a bustling metropolis and home to tens of thousands of people.

Newswise: Molecular Connections from Plants to Fungi to Ants
Released: 22-Jun-2021 7:05 AM EDT
Molecular Connections from Plants to Fungi to Ants
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Leaf-cutter ants tend fungal gardens that convert lipids in leaves into lipids the ants can use for energy, building cells, and communication between organisms. New research has found that different regions of the ants’ fungal gardens were enriched with different lipids. This helps scientists understand communications between organisms in different kingdoms of life.

Released: 22-Jun-2021 6:05 AM EDT
The Humidity of Flowers Acts As An Invisible Attractor For Bumblebees
University of Bristol

As well as bright colours and subtle scents, flowers possess many invisible ways of attracting their pollinators, and a new study shows that bumblebees may use the humidity of a flower to tell them about the presence of nectar, according to scientists at the Universities of Bristol and Exeter.

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Released: 21-Jun-2021 3:50 PM EDT
Climate Change Is Driving Plant Die-Offs In Southern California, UCI Study Finds
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., June 21, 2021 – A shift is happening in Southern California, and this time it has nothing to do with earthquakes. According to a new study by scientists at the University of California, Irvine, climate change is altering the number of plants populating the region’s deserts and mountains. Using data from the Landsat satellite mission and focusing on an area of nearly 5,000 square miles surrounding Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the research team found that between 1984 and 2017, vegetation cover in desert ecosystems decreased overall by about 35 percent, with mountains seeing a 13 percent vegetation decline.

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Released: 18-Jun-2021 3:55 PM EDT
Climate Warming Can Influence Fungal Communities on Oak Leaves Across the Growing Season
Stockholm University

Climate warming plays a larger role than plant genes in influencing the number and identity of fungal species on oak leaves, especially in autumn.

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Released: 17-Jun-2021 12:50 PM EDT
Alpine plant spins its own flavonoid wool
University of Cambridge

Like the movie version of Spider-Man who shoots spider webs from holes in his wrists, a little alpine plant has been found to eject cobweb-like threads from tiny holes in specialised cells on its leaves.

Released: 17-Jun-2021 12:20 PM EDT
Texas A&M AgriLife Plant Breeding Programs Granted $1.75 million
Texas A&M AgriLife

Four Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Soil and Crop Sciences plant breeding program development projects have been funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, NIFA. These programs are aimed at enhancing sorghum, corn, peanut and wheat cultivars for farmer use.

Released: 14-Jun-2021 3:00 PM EDT
New Hops Breeding Program Will Grow, Develop Signature NY Varieties
Cornell University

A $300,000 investment from New York state has paved the way for a new hops breeding program at Cornell AgriTech, which will grow and develop signature New York hops varieties – selected for high yield, preferred flavors and disease resistance – in support of the state’s $3.4 billion craft brewing industry.


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