Technique offers increased crop yields

A team of Anglo-American biotechnologists has pioneered a technique that could increase yields in a variety of crops - even in drought conditions. It follows field tests three years ago, led by Rothamsted Re...

Scientists develop more robust crops

Scientists hope to bioengineer crops that can grow in harsh conditions by unlocking the secrets of drought-resistant plants. In America, a team at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (OR...

Crop swap could feed extra 825M

(USA) A new study estimates that an extra 825 million people could be fed worldwide by swapping where crops are grown. Undertaken by the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the research suggests that ...

Innovative device protects crops

(AUSTRALIA) A pioneering technology is being used to tackle the billion dollar problem affecting the Australian agriculture industry. Used to scare off elephants from destroying crops in Africa, the Verte...

Spray protects crops from viruses

Scientists in Australia have developed a game-changing way to protect plants from deadly viruses. The team from the University of Queensland (UQ) has developed BioClay to destroy them. BioClay combines RNA (...

Crops are growing in strength

(AUSTRALIA) Developing crops that are resilient and can fight disease is vital to support a growing global population. And Australia is taking the lead in finding the necessary solutions. A new $3 million...

Beer ingredient supports plant growth

(PORTUGAL) Researchers in Portugal have discovered two genes in baker's yeast that can help plants grow in difficult environments. Paula Duque - from the country's Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia (IGC) - ...

‘Genetic roadmap’ to stronger crops

A breakthrough in the sequencing of the sunflower genome could help in developing crops that are better able to adapt to climate change. The sunflower possesses remarkable qualities that allow it to grow and...