New research shows even brief hot spells can damage seed quality.
Saving seed is a way of protecting the world's vegetable varieties, saving money, and increasingly, a political statement too.
A mast year can be a squirrel’s dream come true.
Masting is what biologists call the pattern of trees for miles around synchronizing to all produce lots of seeds – or very few. Why and how do they get on schedule?
Libraries are offering new and innovative things that belie their historic image as silent places to read.
With advancements in technology, libraries are offering much more than something to read. A library researcher offers a sampling of some unexpected items that library patrons can check out these days.
A Ugandan family works on their farm near the capital Kampala.
Little effort has been made to improve the quality control of the seed supply chain as a whole in Uganda.
How seeds came to be.
This is the story of how seeds came together bit-by-bit over a really long time, as plants evolved.
Got a license for those seeds?
Sharing seeds was common practice among farmers throughout history until the rise of agribusiness. Now seeds are trademarked and regulated, but there's a new place to get them for free: the library.
Soybean seeds treated with neonicotinoids (blue) and treated corn seeds (red) versus untreated seeds.
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US farmers are planting more and more acres with seeds coated with neonicotinoid pesticides. An ecologist explains why this approach is overkill and may be doing more harm than good.
Affordable tractors improved food security in Nigeria
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There were some African food security initiatives from 2017 that deserve a special mention for the precedent they set.
More than 70% of Rwanda’s population are subsistence farmers.
Findings from several scientific studies show the real impact of Rwanda's agricultural policies and the challenges it faces.
Spend many months attached to the ISS and see how well you grow.
If you want to live on Mars, you're going to need to grow food. Seeds are naturally equipped to handle challenging Earth environments, but how well can they survive what they'll encounter off-planet?
Once the coat around the seed is moistened, the embryo cells expand and burst out in a process called germination.
A seed contains nearly everything a tree needs to get growing. Just add a dash of water, a bit of warmth and the right location, and you'll be seeing green in no time.
Seed-eating birds like this male king parrot enjoy birdbaths - but they like food even more.
Is providing birds with food and water making them too dependent? Or are gardens just the new frontier of Australia's urban landscape? New research aims to find out.
There are fewer than a thousand Graveside gorge wattles in Kakadu National Park.
We know very little about Australia's most threatened plants.
Ntombithini Ndwandwe, an agroecology farmer displaying her diversity of traditional seeds in Zimele, KwaZulu-Natal.
Since 2000, the growth of the commercial seed market has almost tripled. More than 63% of the world’s commercial seed is now owned by six corporations.
A tall grass-like plant in the Western Cape has managed to dupe dung beetles into rolling and spreading its seeds.
Predators like the cougar can spread seeds from consuming birds which eat the seeds.
Carnivorous predators play an important, and until now unknown, role in preserving plant populations in the territories they inhabit.
The informal seed sector in Africa is massive – 90% of farmers get their seeds from there.
More than 90% of Africa' small-scale famers get their seeds from informal systems. Governments and donors should shift their attention from the formal and invest more in the informal sector.
Compression of the long-leaf form of
The fossilized plant Montsechia relied on water to disseminate its genetic material and may rewrite the book on when and how the first flowering plants evolved.
Saving seeds can protect us from future calamities.
In 1926, just outside of St Petersburg in Russia, botanist and geneticist Nikolai Vavilov set up the Pavlovsk Experimental Station. It was one of the world’s first “seed banks”. The term “seed bank” or…