Induced pluripotent stem cells' limitations

Scientists may be one step closer to being able to generate any type of cells and tissues from a patient's own cells.

Complete systems for large size bottles

A new range of containers from 15 to 40 litres targeting the food, water and beer market has been launched.

Quick development of inbred corn lines

Agronomists at Iowa State University are offering doubled haploid technology that allows corn breeders to more quickly produce inbred lines for research or private use.

Sew soybean aphid biotype

Researchers recently identified a new soybean aphid biotype that can multiply on aphid-resistant soybean varieties.

Exploring Echinacea's enigmatic origins

A scientist is helping to sort through the jumbled genetics of Echinacea, the coneflower known for its blossoms--and its potential for...

Lung cancer development in never-smokers

A five-centre collaborative study that scanned the genomes of thousands of "never smokers" diagnosed with lung cancer as well as healthy never smokers has found a gene they say could be responsible.

Specific barley tissues infected by scab

Recent studies involving the fungus that causes the disease known as scab in barley have helped Agricultural Research Service scientists...

Breeding of scab-resistant barley cultivars

Scientists have developed an efficient and cost-effective method to speed up the breeding of scab-resistant barley cultivars, thus improving crop quality for small-grain breeders in the Northern Plains.

International research effort into liver fluke

Queen's University Belfast is spearheading a £1 million international research effort to combat liver fluke - a parasite which causes disease in livestock, resulting in billions of pounds in losses every year to farmers around the world.

Tailored diets for disease prevention

Researchers discussed the possibility of using food to prevent an individual's genes from expressing disease and could change the future of public health and the food and culinary industries.

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.

Breaking the aphid's code

For the first time, scientists have sequenced the entire genome of the pea aphid, a notorious horticultural and agricultural pest, revealing...

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.

Analysis helps spot sugarcane rusts

Scientists have analyzed rust fungi from more than 160 sugarcane samples from 25 countries to provide a valuable resource for plant breeders and pathologists.

Secrets of the pink tomato

A team of scientists have revealed the gene that is responsible for producing the pink tomatoes Far Eastern diners are partial to, focuses...

The promise of sustainable agriculture

As agricultural land becomes increasingly valuable, the need to maximise its utilisation increases and decisions about what crops to plant...

Antagonistic genes control rice growth

Scientists have found that a plant steroid prompts two genes to battle each other-one suppresses the other to ensure that leaves grow...

Soil studies reveal rise in antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance in the natural environment is rising despite tighter controls over our use of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture,...

Reduction in glycotoxins reduces food risks

Cutting back on the consumption of processed and fried foods, which are high in toxins called Advanced Glycation end products, can reduce inflammation and actually help restore the body's natural defences regardless of age or health status.

Genetic map for cowpea

Cowpea, a protein-rich legume crop, is immensely important in many parts of the world, particularly drought-prone regions of Africa and Asia, where it plays a central role in the diet and economy of hundreds of millions of people.



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