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High yield crops come a step closer

Crops that deliver a high yield could more easily be developed, thanks to new insights about biological processes that enable plants to grow efficiently



Spread of crop pests threatens global food security as Earth warms

A new study has revealed that global warming is resulting in the spread of crop pests towards the North and South Poles at a rate of nearly 3 km a year.



Royal Society recognises research into the ‘hidden half’ of plants

As Director of The University of Nottingham’s Centre for Plant Integrative Biology (CPIB) Professor Malcolm Bennett has helped revolutionise the way bioscientists think and work.



Impact of gene on crop development could boost cereal yields

The productivity of major crops such as barley could get a boost in the future thanks to discoveries in the inner workings of genes and how they influence crop development, a new study from the James Hutton Institute and the University of Dundee has shown.



Reducing yield loss for crops under stress

Plant researchers are taking a long look at stress in order to improve crop productivity, especially when faced with issues of climate change.



Crops impact environmental quality

Crop residues, perennial warm season grasses, and short-rotation woody crops are potential biomass sources for cellulosic ethanol production.



New genome sequence will aid study of crops

A global initiative has successfully sequenced the genome of the wild grass Brachypodium distachyon, which will serve as a model to speed research on improved varieties of wheat, oats and barley.



Model system for energy crops sequenced

As researchers work towards developing sustainable sources of clean renewable energy, perennial grasses have emerged as major candidates for the commercial production of cellulosic biofuels from feedstocks.



Urbanisation, export crops drive deforestation

The drivers of tropical deforestation have shifted in the early 21st century to hinge on growth of cities and the globalised agricultural trade, a new large-scale study concludes.



Enzymes sense elevated CO2 and could lead to water-wise crops

Biologists have identified plant enzymes that may help to engineer plants that take advantage of elevated carbon dioxide to use water more efficiently. The finding could help to engineer crops that take advantage of rising greenhouse gases.



New computing tool could lead to better crops

A new computing tool that could help scientists predict how plants will react to different environmental conditions in order to create better crops, such as tastier and longer lasting tomatoes, is being developed by researchers.



Technology: Salt-tolerant crops closer to reality

An international team of scientists has developed salt-tolerant plants using a new type of genetic modification, bringing salt-tolerant cereal crops a step closer to reality.



Building better crops

Researchers have identified important suppressors that negatively regulate the responses of the immune system in the plant species Arabidopsis thaliana.



Detection systems for GMO crops

Kimball Nill reports on interference by soil-borne bacteria and micro-organisms when using PCR-based detection methods.



Southampton to help develop new crops for water-stressed environments

The University of Southampton is to lead a new €11.6 million EU funded research project to develop new drought tolerate crops for bioenergy and bio-products.




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