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Article ID: 713195

Genetic Discovery May Improve Corn Quality, Yields

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Researchers may be able improve corn yields and nutritional value after discovering genetic regulators that synthesize starch and protein in the widely eaten grain, according to a Rutgers-led study. The research, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could benefit millions of people who rely on corn for nutrition in South America, Africa and elsewhere.

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22-May-2019 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 713277

Brazilian Biodiversity Leader and Benson Hill Expand Partnership to Advance Crop Breeding

Benson Hill Biosystems

“We are eager to expand our relationship with Benson Hill and use CropOS to advance breeding for farmers across Latin America.” said Cleber Soares, executive director for Innovation and Technology of Embrapa. “Our work together has demonstrated their commitment to collaboration and appreciation for the power of genetic diversity to help solve big global challenges in a sustainable way.”

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21-May-2019 4:05 PM EDT
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    20-May-2019 11:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 713111

How plant viruses can be used to ward off pests and keep plants healthy

University of California San Diego

Imagine a technology that could target pesticides to treat specific spots deep within the soil, making them more effective at controlling infestations while limiting their toxicity to the environment. Researchers at the University of California San Diego and Case Western Reserve University have taken a step toward that goal. They discovered that a particular plant virus can deliver pesticide molecules deeper below the ground, targeting places normally beyond their reach. The work could help farmers manage infestations deep in the soil with less pesticide.

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17-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 713034

Organic animal farms benefit birds nesting in agricultural environments

University of Helsinki

The abundance of bird species living in agricultural environments has decreased both in Finland and elsewhere in Europe.

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16-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712955

Breakthrough Technique for Studying Gene Expression Takes Root in Plants

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

An open-source RNA analysis platform has been successfully used on plant cells for the first time – an advance that could herald a new era of fundamental research and bolster efforts to engineer more efficient food and biofuel crop plants. The technology, called Drop-seq, is a method for measuring the RNA present in individual cells, allowing scientists to see what genes are being expressed and how this relates to the specific functions of different cell types.

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16-May-2019 11:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 710569

How does root depth affect the nearby soil?

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Plants are not passive actors in the soil environment

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15-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712848

A late-night disco in the forest reveals tree performance

University of Helsinki

In 2017, the group from the Optics of Photosynthesis Lab (OPL) developed a new method to measure a small but important signal produced by all plants

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14-May-2019 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712754

Wells Fargo Funded Innovation Incubator Selects First Cohort of Agtech Startups Focused on Sustainable Solutions

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), today announced it has selected five early-stage companies for the program’s first agtech cohort.

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14-May-2019 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712775

BTI pangenome may lead to tastier, heartier tomatoes

Cornell University

Tomato breeders have traditionally emphasized traits that improve production, like larger fruits and more fruits per plant. As a result, some traits that improved other important qualities, such as flavor and disease resistance, were lost.

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13-May-2019 12:05 PM EDT

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