Timing is of the essence when it comes to growing wheat.
Australian wheat growers need to boost yields to stay competitive in the face of climate change. They could do this by sowing earlier, but need new varieties of wheat to help them do it.
The benefits of beans, lentils and other pulses go beyond the belly.
Today’s production of more, better food from the same amount land means that tomorrow’s population may not go hungry.
A farmer shows smaller-than-usual soybeans harvested due to drought conditions in Tallapoosa, Georgia.
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Many of the crop plants that feed us waste 20 percent of their energy, especially in hot weather. Plant geneticists prove that capturing this energy could boost crop yields by up to 40 percent.
Farmers in Ethiopia evaluate traits of wheat varieties.
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More action is needed to increase soil organic matter for the sake of improved nutrition.
Farmer Michael Petefish walks through one of his soybean fields in southern Minnesota.
AP Photo/Jim Mone
The Trump administration's promise of $12 billion in aid to offset losses from retaliatory tariffs will not make up for the long-term consequences of a prolonged trade war.
With so many varieties, it’s hard to know which bread is the most nutritious.
With so many bread options it's a hard choice. Here's which bread you should choose and why.
Of the many food fads, “gluten free” is one that can be unhealthy.
Avoiding gluten may actually be doing more harm than good.
Prickly pear is a type of orphan crop.
Africa's orphan crops are under-researched and underutilised. They can be a vital tool in combating food and nutrition insecurity on the continent.
New research shows Australian farmers are adapting to climate change, offsetting at least part of a climate change-induced decline.
Increasing carbon dioxide is impacting some of our favourite foods.
Rising carbon dioxide may be a boon for crop yields, but at the expense of nutritional content and quality.
Fields of gold: Australia’s wheat industry contributes more than A$5 billion to the economy each year.
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Australia's wheat harvest has stalled over the past 26 years, and worsening weather is to blame.
Wheat growing in a field in Western Australia and destined to be processed to flour for many different food products.
Richard Jakoby, Plant Energy Biology
Most people eat about a kilo of wheat a week but for others it can cause painful health concerns. So why not isolate the parts of wheat that cause problems, and remove them from future crops.
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New research questions whether claims of a 'national sex revolution' in China are actually nothing of the sort.
Yellow Rust spores can be seen bursting out of a wheat leaf from the inside, tearing their way through the epidermis.
Kim Findlay/John Innes Centre
A wheat-infecting pathogen is on the march in the UK - but new genetic techniques will enable faster, clearer diagnosis.
Honeybees pollinate a third of Australia’s food crops. Losing them due varroa might would cost the economy billions of dollars.
A nationwide outbreak of foot and mouth disease; an invasion of a devastating wheat disease; our honeybees completely wiped out. These are just three possible disastrous scenarios facing Australia; they’re…
There is never enough of this golden beauty.
Improving wheat is a major challenge for agricultural scientists. The world’s population continues to grow – and so does its appetite. Sanjaya Rajaram, winner of the 2014 World Food Prize, used an innovative…
A record-breaking winter heatwave – which makes pretty nice weather for a dip.
If you’ve stepped outside at lunchtime in Sydney over the past few days, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was more like early summer than the beginning of winter. On each of the past 23 days, the temperature…
Carbon dioxide emissions could decrease the nutritional value of crops, further threatening future food security. Researchers…
Wheat fields in central New South Wales.
Should Australia aim to become Asia’s “food bowl”? How can we help farmers earn more for what they produce? And how can Australia best contribute to global food security? Those are some of the crucial…
Moving from cooperative to corporation could lure foreign investment for grain marketing group CBH, funding its aggressive expansion plans.
Long a favoured model for Australian farmers operating in a risky and precarious industry, cooperatives seem increasingly anachronistic as greater numbers move toward demutualisation. This is a mistake…