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.

PCR solutions for rapid detection

Microbial contaminations are predominant problems in the process of food manufacturing. Biotecon Diagnostics offers a complete portfolio of innovative PCR systems for the rapid detection of contaminants.

Manufacturers and regulators must learn from listeriosis mistakes

Following a listeriosis outbreak in Canada last year in which 22 people died, an official report calls for safety to be considered in an overall context that includes processing equipment suppliers, food manufacturers, and government...

The amazing maze of maize evolution

As one of the most important crops worldwide, understanding exactly how maize has evolved has many practical benefits and may help to...

Good results on food cotton in field

Field trials of a new cotton are verifying previous lab and greenhouse studies indicating the crop could become a source of protein for millions of malnourished people in the world.




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