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11/25/2013

A recent study shows that high-yielding, modern corn hybrids take up not only more nitrogen from soil but more micronutrients such as zinc, iron, manganese and copper. Nitrogen fertilizer rates...

10/8/2013

Over the past few decades, crop breeders have increasingly relied on the wild and weedy relatives of domesticated crops as new sources of disease resistance, drought tolerance, and other traits....

9/10/2013

Since 1995, nearly 200 organisms have had their full complement of hereditary information, including all of their genes, sequenced. The full set of genetic instructions—coded in DNA—...

9/9/2013

During the past nine years, a new race of Fusarium wilt known as FOV Race 4 has caused increasing damage to cotton in California’s San Joaquin Valley. In a...

9/4/2013

Wheat is the world’s second major staple crop behind rice, and its cultivation also consumes a great deal of the world’s water. Around 20% of the global wheat crop is now irrigated,...

7/24/2013

Plant breeding is usually not on most people’s minds when they are playing in the yard with their kids,walking their dog in the park, or hitting a dimpled ball down a fairway. But behind...

7/8/2013

The most noticeable feature in the Southern High Plains of the southwestern United States—other than the large circular areas under center pivot irrigation—is the region’s 20 to...

7/1/2013

The ability to predict corn yields would benefit farmers as they plan the sale of their crops and biofuel industries as they plan their operations. A new study published in the July-August issue...

7/1/2013

To most, injera is a novelty encountered only in Ethiopian restaurants, but in Ethiopia itself this spongy, pancake-like bread is a household staple. Plant breeders from Ethiopia and Norway have...

6/12/2013

Over a dozen members of ASA, CSSA, and SSSA were part of a research team that found that crop models predicting yields for one of the world’s most important crops begin to disagree under...