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Plants Talk. Plants Listen. Here's How. NPR
Over the past 20 years, scientists have found that all kinds of trees and plants like sagebrush, barley, corn, and yes, bean plants, release VOCs when they're being invaded. It's a plant's way of crying out. But is anyone listening? Apparently. Because we can watch the neighboring plants react.
Plants That Practice Genetic Engineering The New York Times
In the debate over genetically modified crops, one oft-said word is “unnatural.” But nature turns out to be its own genetic engineer. Genes have moved from one species of plant to another for millions of years.
The GMO Fear Train Has Left the Station Discover
What we didn’t realize at the time was that the real Frankenstein’s monster was not GM technology, but our reaction against it.
Wheat rust: The fungal disease that threatens to destroy the world crop The Independent
Scientists are warning that wheat is facing a serious threat from a fungal disease that could wipe out the world’s crop if not quickly contained.
MU scientist discovers how plants beckon bacteria to attack Ag Professional
Researchers at the University of Missouri Bond Life Sciences Center recently discovered how a plant’s own chemicals act as a beacon to bacteria, triggering an infection.
A Coffee Crop Withers The New York Times
When coffee rust attacked the farms clinging to the volcanic slopes above this Mayan town, the disease was unsparing, reducing mountainside rows of coffee trees to lattices of gray twigs.
Greater Sensitivity to Drought Accompanies Maize Yield Increase in the U.S. Midwest Science
A key question for climate change adaptation is whether existing cropping systems can become less sensitive to climate variations.
Agtech startup NewLeaf eyes product development growth St. Louis Business Journal
NewLeaf Symbiotics, a plant science startup at BRDG Park, has named leading plant-science expert Desmond Jimenez as its new vice president of product development and manufacturing.
Climate change is here, action needed now, says new White House report CNN
The White House released a new report that is part of President Barack Obama's second-term effort to prepare the nation for the impacts of a changing climate such as rising sea levels and increasingly erratic weather.
Newly identified small-RNA pathway defends genome against the enemy within Phys Org
For a plant to create reproductive cells, it must first erase a key code. These codes distinguish active and inactive genes. But the codes serve another critical role. They keep a host of damaging transposons, or "jumping genes," inactive.
It’s Time to Make Agriculture ‘Climate-Smart’ The World Bank Group
There is tremendous urgency in moving this agenda forward. We are now beyond discussing whether we need sustainable intensification.
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