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How Did the Violin Get Its Shape? NPR: Science Friday
From its role in biological systems to cultural products, “shape is information that can tell us a story,” says biologist Dan Chitwood. Chitwood tells us how morphology and mimicry played a role in the evolution of the modern day violin.
Building a bridge from basic botany to applied agriculture Phys.org
A lot of the basic molecular and cellular work goes much faster in model systems, and if we understand the molecular and cellular details of how model and wild plants deal with drought, or heat, or pathogens, and how they keep producing seeds even in the face of such stresses, we can figure out how to keep crops producing amidst global changes.
Venture Capitalists Return to Backing Science Start-Ups The New York Times
After years of shying away from science, engineering and clean-technology start-ups, investors are beginning to take an interest in them again, raising hopes among entrepreneurs in those areas that a long slump is finally over.
U.S. Farmers Rely On Internet More And More: Department Of Agriculture Report Associated Press
The number of farmers with Internet access on a variety of digital gadgets has dramatically increased, changing the way farms do business. Farmers are increasingly using the Net to speed up their work flow, improve their farming techniques, market their crops, connect with customers and retailers, and fulfill a variety of regulatory requirements.
New discovery will enhance yield and quality of cereal and bioenergy crops Science Daily
A team of Danforth Center scientists have developed a new way of identifying genes that are important for photosynthesis in maize, and in rice. Their research helps to prioritize candidate genes that can be used for crop improvement and revealed new pathways and information about how plants fix carbon.
The planet needs more plant scientists Ag Professional
We must find innovative ways to produce crops with higher yields and novel traits—a feat that will require the work of Ph.D.’s trained in agriculture and plant sciences. But at this point we are not producing enough plant scientists to lead us out of this dilemma.
For Plants, More Stress Means Stronger Offspring Nature World News
You would think that being under constant stress is a bad thing, but for plants, it comes with some added benefits, new research shows. Plant scientists have found that plant parents, exposed to pesticides, disease or other stressors, can pass on their immunity to their seedlings, resulting in stronger offspring.
Grow lights and drones: How California’s drought is driving farmers into high-tech The Washington Post
As much as drones and grow lights might help the industry adapt to a changing climate, the technology's also a reminder of climate change's unequal effects. For American growers, the decision to start seeding clouds with a drone may be easy — and cheap. For farmers in other parts of the world, it's probably a different story.
Borlaug Successor Helps Carry on Green Revolution BIOtechNow
Individuals like Dr. Rajaram and tools like biotechnology will help carry on the Green Revolution. Biotech crops have already contributed significantly to global food security by increasing yields, lowering production costs, and reducing the environmental footprint of agriculture.
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