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May 22, 2015

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Plant Biosecurity Course Combats Wheat Blast

May 22, 2015 — Wheat blast, an emerging disease that threatens worldwide food security, is the focus of a plant biosecurity course at an American university. The course is designed to help participants learn how to ... read more

May 19, 2015 — Naturally occurring, plant-associated bacteria as a crop protection agent are now available for use in crop protection to alleviate the contamination of soil with pesticides -- arguably the most ... read more

May 13, 2015 — The spigot for plant discoveries in Madagascar continues to flow steadily, with no signs of slowing down in the near future. Botanists recently described 17 new species of Eugenia in the Myrtle ... read more

May 7, 2015 — If you have this beautiful flower in your garden, you should uproot it before the seed pods explode, releasing thousands of seeds. It spreads like the plague. The seeds of Impatiens glandulifera, ... read more

Apr. 20, 2015 — The discovery of a gene involved in determining the melting point of cocoa butter -- a critical attribute of the substance widely used in foods and pharmaceuticals -- will likely lead to new and ... read more

Efficient Fungus Paralyzes, Kills Pathogens That Cause Losses in Cotton Crops

Apr. 15, 2015 — Researchers have identified beneficial fungi that were already tested as disease control agents in cotton crops. Among them is Trichoderma koningiopsis, which kills the parasite or pathogens that ... read more

Apr. 14, 2015 — Farmers count on South Dakota State University plant breeders to develop new varieties that give crops greater yield potential and make them more resistant to diseases. The university fulfills its ... read more

Apr. 2, 2015 — Use of a class of insecticides, called neonicotinoids, increased dramatically in the mid-2000s and was driven almost entirely by the use of corn and soybean seeds treated with the pesticides, ... read more

Mar. 31, 2015 — Scientists have discovered why the first buds of spring come increasingly earlier as the climate changes. As the climate changes the sweet spot for seeds comes earlier in the year, so first flowers ... read more

Mar. 20, 2015 — Inside every seed is the embryo of a plant, and in most cases also a storage of food needed to power initial growth of the young seedling. New work identifies biochemical pathways necessary for ... read more

UN Urged to Ensure Open Access to Plant Genomes

Mar. 20, 2015 — A plant scientist has called for the United Nations to guarantee free and open access to plant DNA sequences to enable scientists to continue work to sustainably intensify world food ... read more

Mar. 17, 2015 — Whirling seeds are produced by many plants today, such as maples, but the first to try them were the conifers 270 million years ago. Fossils reveal that those early conifers had winged seeds of ... read more

Mar. 16, 2015 — The warm soft folds of the intestines are teeming with thousands of species of bacteria that help break down food, synthesize vitamins, regulate weight and resist infection. If they're so key to ... read more

Nine Superfruits and Super Seeds to Add to Your Diet

Mar. 12, 2015 — Although there is no universal standard definition of a super seed or superfruit, they are often described as providing a number of nutrients and health benefits all in one package. A new article ... read more

Seeding Mixtures Recommended for Midwest Lawns

Mar. 9, 2015 — A study evaluated the establishment rate and species composition over 3 years of a turf stand seeded with different ratios of kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass maintained as a lawn. The ... read more

Mar. 10, 2015 — New industrial processing techniques are enabling us to obtain valuable proteins, antioxidants and oils from salmon and rapeseed waste. These extracts can be used in health foods, nutritional ... read more

Feb. 26, 2015 — A new method for the conservation of the genetic diversity of forest trees will see its launch on 26 February 2015, as forest tree seeds are for the first time stored in the Svalbard Global Seed ... read more

Feb. 24, 2015 — Previous studies have shown that the extracts from seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree can be used for water purification. In a new study, researchers show that the Moringa seeds can also be used for ... read more

First-of-Its-Kind Discovery of 1,500 Year-Old Grape Seeds May Answer the Question: Why Was the Wine of the Negev So Renowned in the Byzantine Empire

Feb. 12, 2015 — For the first time, grape seeds from the Byzantine era have been found. These grapes were used to produce "the Wine of the Negev" -- one of the finest and most renowned wines in the whole ... read more

Friendly Fungi: How They Could Help Barley Growers Feed the World Without Chemicals

Feb. 9, 2015 — Botanists have found two fungal species that prevent the spread of common seed infections that can decimate crops. Around six times as many barley plants inoculated with these natural fungal ... read more

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