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.
Sequencing the tea plant's genome could help scientists breed new varieties that thrive in the degrading soil of tea farms.
Facing down a future with no bananas.
Every single Cavendish banana plant worldwide is genetically identical. This vast monoculture sets them up for disastrous disease outbreaks. But researchers have ideas on how to protect the crop.
Somatic embryogenesis is only used in selected agroforestry industries like sugarcane.
Smarter plant breeding practices are crucial in a world where climate change, deforestation and species reduction are an increasing problem.
Cornfield, GMO or not?
People have been changing plant genomes ever since agriculture got started thousands of years ago. Here are the high-tech ways researchers insert new genes into plants now.
Free the seed!
Today, just three companies – Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta – account for about half of all commercial seed sales. More and more, agricultural patents are used to increase the control these and similar…
Extensive studies on mustard seeds have revealed the evolutionary path of Indian mustard. Mustard has been cultivated in…