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Newswise: The Many Uses of Crop Wild Relatives
Released: 24-Sep-2018 9:00 AM EDT
The Many Uses of Crop Wild Relatives
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

There’s some wild plants afoot! A series of blog posts in Sustainable, Secure Food highlights the important role crop wild relatives, the wild and weedy cousins of domesticated crops, play in future food security.

Newswise: Celebrating Plant Cousins: Crop Wild Relative Week
Released: 18-Sep-2018 8:00 AM EDT
Celebrating Plant Cousins: Crop Wild Relative Week
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) is celebrating Crop Wild Relative Week September 22-29, 2018. The week features information on the benefits these wild cousins bring to today’s familiar crops.

Newswise: New “Buck” Naked Barley: Food, Feed, Brew
Released: 17-Jan-2018 8:00 AM EST
New “Buck” Naked Barley: Food, Feed, Brew
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Researchers are giving an ancient grain a new life: "Buck" barley is naked, but not in an indecent way. Naked barley does not require pearling, allowing it to hold onto the bran and whole grain status.

Newswise: A Library for Food Security
Released: 21-Dec-2016 11:05 AM EST
A Library for Food Security
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Researchers are uncovering the genome of cowpeas, also known as black-eyed peas, in response to challenging growing conditions and the need for food security.

Newswise: There’s More to Beans Than You Think
Released: 6-Sep-2016 12:05 PM EDT
There’s More to Beans Than You Think
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Educational videos released this week by the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) celebrate the International Year of Pulses (IYP), as designated by the United Nations. Pulses--dry beans, peas, and lentils--are an important crop for a sustainable agronomic future. The videos are the latest in a series of informational offerings by CSSA celebrating IYP.

Newswise: Feeling the Pulse of Africa
Released: 9-May-2016 1:05 PM EDT
Feeling the Pulse of Africa
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) sent ten students to the PanAfrican Legume Conference and World Cowpea Conference in Livingstone, Zambia. CSSA is celebrating the International Year of Pulses (IYP) to promote pulses -- crops of dry beans, peas, and lentils.

Newswise: Science of Industrial Hemp Conference Announced
Released: 18-Apr-2016 5:05 PM EDT
Science of Industrial Hemp Conference Announced
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Speakers from the forefront of the scientific and production-based issues of industrial hemp

Newswise: Battling the Blight
Released: 9-Mar-2016 11:05 AM EST
Battling the Blight
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Common blight is a devastating bacterial disease. It greatly reduces the yield and quality of bean crops across the world. Conventional breeding techniques can be used to generate cultivars of common bean that are resistant to the common blight. But it remains challenging to breed cultivars of common bean that combine the desired high yield and quality with resistance to diseases.

Newswise: Potatoes Wild with Calcium
Released: 24-Feb-2016 10:05 AM EST
Potatoes Wild with Calcium
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Researchers have found the molecular marker -- a pattern in the plant's natural DNA -- for calcium in potatoes. This will save time in breeding high-quality, high-calcium potatoes that resist rot.

Newswise: Crop Science Society Sending Students to Zambia for Conference
Released: 22-Feb-2016 1:05 PM EST
Crop Science Society Sending Students to Zambia for Conference
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) is sending ten graduate students to Zambia to learn more about dry bean research and increase international knowledge of this important crop. CSSA worked in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Feed the Future’s Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development (KDAD) project to select and fund the students.

Newswise: The Upstanding, Outstanding Pinto Bean
Released: 17-Feb-2016 1:05 PM EST
The Upstanding, Outstanding Pinto Bean
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

A new variety of upright pinto bean, Long’s Peak, combines upright architecture with high yields, excellent seed color and weight, and resistance to several diseases such as common rust. The International Year of Pulses coincidentally highlights the importance of this and other beans for the health of the soil -- and humans.

Newswise: Not Your Grandfather’s Cotton
Released: 3-Feb-2016 12:05 PM EST
Not Your Grandfather’s Cotton
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Cotton's genetic history is full of surprises. From transoceanic travels to inter-species cross-breedings, cotton’s story is one of plant and seed survival, adaptation, and human cultivation. What started as a naturally tough, unspinnable fiber has been transformed into something most folks adore for its soft, comforting feel.

Newswise: Ancient Going on Nouveau
Released: 13-Jan-2016 11:05 AM EST
Ancient Going on Nouveau
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Discerning consumers are turning to Old World grains like spelt, emmer, and einkorn. However, reviving ancient grains in modern times isn't without its challenges. Researchers hope to learn more about how to best grow these grains on modern farms, and how to best use them in modern baking.

Released: 14-May-2013 9:00 AM EDT
Crop Rotation with Nematode-Resistant Wheat Can Protect Tomatoes
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

A resistant strain of wheat can reduce nematode numbers in the soil and protect the next rotation of tomato plants.

Newswise: U.S. A Surprisingly Large Reservoir of Crop Plant Diversity
Released: 29-Apr-2013 12:00 PM EDT
U.S. A Surprisingly Large Reservoir of Crop Plant Diversity
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

North America isn’t known as a hotspot for crop plant diversity, yet a new inventory has uncovered nearly 4,600 wild relatives of crop plants in the United States, including close relatives of globally important food crops such as sunflower, bean, sweet potato, and strawberry.

Released: 6-Feb-2013 11:00 AM EST
Benefits of Bt Corn Go Beyond Rootworm Resistance
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign find that Bt corn has higher yields and uses nitrogen more efficiently than non-Bt corn.

Newswise: New Research Finds Unique Crop Diversity, Struggle to Save It
Released: 26-Jun-2012 5:15 PM EDT
New Research Finds Unique Crop Diversity, Struggle to Save It
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

It's considered an important crop for those living in a small village, nestled within the Sierra Juarez Mountains. And farming is the primary occupation for 600 residents of Santa Maria Jaltianguis in Oaxaca, Mexico. Most depend on the high-protein Phaseolus bean to feed their family. Just one in five sell it to a local market. Now a California researcher and Crops Science Society of America member is revealing some surprising preservation practices found, while studying these natives at work. Their techniques are considered key to conserving bean diversity unique to the region.

Newswise: Time is Ticking for Some Crop's Wild Relatives
Released: 30-May-2012 11:55 AM EDT
Time is Ticking for Some Crop's Wild Relatives
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

New edge of extinction research is creating a revival of conservation and interest in what these old wild relatives of current crops mean to the future.

Released: 8-May-2012 10:30 AM EDT
New Research Reveals Challenges in Genetically Engineered Crop Regulatory Process
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America member leads team to determine delays.

Released: 16-Sep-2011 2:00 PM EDT
Scab Resistance in Durum Wheat
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Current durum wheat cultivars have no resistance to Fusarium head blight, but USDA researchers are searching for a solution to this widespread disease

Released: 16-Sep-2011 1:40 PM EDT
Breeding Soybeans for Improved Feed
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

A unique study shows the progress of soybean breeding for improved animal nutrition.

Released: 30-Aug-2011 4:00 PM EDT
Crop Science Society of America Announces 2011 Award Recipients
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to crop science through education, national and international service, and research.

Released: 30-Aug-2011 4:00 PM EDT
Crop Science Society of America Presents 2011 Class of Fellows
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) will continue a time-honored tradition this year with the presentation of the following individuals as 2011 CSSA Fellows at a special Awards Ceremony during their Annual Meeting on Oct. 16-19 in San Antonio, TX

Newswise: Divot Resistance in Golf Course Turfgrass
Released: 10-Aug-2011 3:35 PM EDT
Divot Resistance in Golf Course Turfgrass
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Researchers hit the links to determine the divot resistance of several types of turfgrass.

Released: 20-Jul-2011 10:50 AM EDT
Health Benefits of Soybeans
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Scientists study the factors that influence the concentration of lutein, an antioxidant found in soybeans.

Newswise: Improving Peanut Crops through Genetics
Released: 12-Jul-2011 3:40 PM EDT
Improving Peanut Crops through Genetics
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Researchers utilize core collections of peanut genetics to solve agricultural problems for farmers around the world.

Released: 28-Jun-2011 11:25 AM EDT
Improving Potato Varieties
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Scientists isolate single protein in potatoes responsible for an unhealthy compound produced when cooking at high temperatures.

Released: 23-Jun-2011 11:00 AM EDT
Melon's Role in Fruit Genetics
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Scientists practice a method to help discover specific genes that determine fruit traits.

Released: 21-Jun-2011 12:00 PM EDT
Breeding Wheat for Blight Resistance
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Scientists turn to an exotic Chinese wheat cultivar in search of disease resistant genetics.

Released: 16-Jun-2011 4:30 PM EDT
Scientists Seek to Adapt Crops to Climate Change
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Crop Science Society of America releases a position statement that calls for research programs to understand crops’ adaptation to drought, heat, and biological stresses from climate change

Released: 14-Jun-2011 2:30 PM EDT
Unique Gene Combinations Control Tropical Maize Response to Day Lengths
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Tropical maize is a valuable genetic resource that can help scientists identify the specific genes controlling daylight response.

Released: 8-Jun-2011 4:00 PM EDT
Cotton Genetics - A Work in Progress
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Research shows that sufficient genetic variation exists in cotton cultivars to continue improving agronomic performance.

Newswise: Genebanks Could Be Storing the Wrong Seeds
Released: 8-Mar-2011 4:00 PM EST
Genebanks Could Be Storing the Wrong Seeds
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Scientists at the Netherlands’ Center for Genetic Resources have examined the extent of the problem of non-authenticity of old cultivars in genebank collections using a large lettuce collection from a Dutch genebank.

Released: 20-Dec-2010 4:30 PM EST
Using Genetic Mapping to Save Wheat Production
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Researchers at the University of California-Davis, Kansas State University, and the USDA Cereal Disease Laboratory in Minnesota have mapped and characterized a gene resistant to Ugandan stem rust.

Released: 1-Dec-2010 1:15 PM EST
Drought Tolerant Rice in Development
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Rice production faces the threat of a growing worldwide water scarcity. Approximately, 75% of the world’s rice is grown in flooded, lowland conditions. Scientists have developed a rice crop that is not only drought tolerant but high yielding.

Released: 30-Nov-2010 5:30 PM EST
Crop Breeding Gets Boost from Sweet Potatoes
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

In Uganda, the sweet potato is a major staple crop. In an effort to identify, collect, evaluate, and mitigate the loss of important types, a study was conducted by the National Crops Resources Research Institute in Namulaong, Uganda.

Released: 9-Sep-2010 10:30 AM EDT
Crop Science Society of America Announces the 2010 Class of Fellows
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Crop Science Society of America will present the the 2010 Fellows at their Annual Meetings, Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 in Long Beach.

Released: 9-Sep-2010 9:20 AM EDT
Crop Science Society of America Presents Awards in Long Beach
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

The Crop Science Society of America will present its annual awards during the Annual Meetings, Oct. 31 to Nov 3.

19-Aug-2010 6:00 PM EDT
Lima Beans Domesticated Twice
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Genetic diversity in lima beans is sharply reduced from wild populations

18-Aug-2010 4:40 PM EDT
Keeping Tabs on the Next Generation of Transgenic Crops
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Scientists develop framework to monitor second-generation transgenic crops.

12-Aug-2010 3:00 PM EDT
Genetics Not Enough to Increase Wheat Production
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Have wheat breeders reached the maximum potential for grain yield?

29-Jul-2010 4:00 PM EDT
Turfgrass that Wears Down and Springs Back Up
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Finding strong differences in how Kentucky bluegrass varieties stand up to wear.

15-Jul-2010 10:25 AM EDT
Increasing the Shelf-Life of Cassava
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Researchers discover cassava varieties that resist post-harvest deterioration, which will benefit farmers in developing countries.

23-Jun-2010 12:45 PM EDT
Cotton’s Global Genetic Resources
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Report documents the status of cotton seed collections across eight countries.

24-Jun-2010 11:20 AM EDT
Maize Seedlings Predict Drought Tolerance
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Scientists analyze root-to-shoot ratios in seedlings to estimate future yield and response to water stress.

16-Jun-2010 2:55 PM EDT
Peanuts: More Genetically Diverse than Expected
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

New research identifies greater molecular diversity in commercial Virginia-type peanut cultivars, useful for disease resistance.

Released: 24-Jun-2010 9:40 AM EDT
Scientists Find Four-Leaf Clover Gene
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Mapping rare white clover leaf traits to improve breeding new cultivars.

15-Jun-2010 11:45 AM EDT
Soil Gives Away Soybean Pathogen’s Presence
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Scientists identify soil pH as an indicator of the presence of soybean cyst nematodes

Released: 16-Jun-2010 10:00 AM EDT
Targeting Research to Address Climate Change Challenges to Agriculture
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Crop Science Society identifies the grand challenges facing global crop production and adaptation strategies for agriculture.

12-May-2010 3:00 PM EDT
Method to differentiate Open Pollinated Varieties of Maize Developed
Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)

Scientists use genetic fingerprints to protect maize farmers from mistaken or stolen seed identity by distinguishing strains of open pollinated varities from each other.


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