Pierce's disease has been wreaking havoc on Californian grapevines since the 1890s. But researchers have identified an enzyme that helps explain the disease's extensive damage and could lead to bettter protection of the vines.
A new dual-cropping plant named "Egg and Chips" grows four eggplants from its stem and over four pounds of potatoes from its roots. Experts say this plant not only saves gardening space, but the hardy potato plants actually support the eggplants, whose roots are more delicate.
While we've been pretty sure for a while that neonicotinioid insecticides threaten honeybees, here is new information on threats from pesticides commonly used on some of the U.S.'s key crops, suggesting our government needs to increase regulation on some agricultural practices.
Plants growing in close quarters constantly compete for sunlight, which is essential to their survival. When a plants is shaded from the sun – either by a cloud overhead or competing plant growing next to it – light sensors kick in to trigger growth.
Arsenic is a well-known toxin and carcinogen derived from minerals and commonly used in herbicides, animal growth promoters and semiconductors. When investigating how this chemical accumulates in plant seeds, researchers discovered they may be able to grow healthier and safer grains of rice.
When humans began farming 6,000 years ago, during what scientists call the Anthropocene, the natural distribution of species was disrupted. This has had a lasting impact on ecosystems today.
Wild bees are disappearing from many major agricultural areas across the United States, including California’s Central Valley, the Midwest’s corn belt and the Mississippi River valley. To help examine the problem. University of Vermont (UVM) researchers have created the first national map of bee populations.
After examining precipitation and groundwater data from wells scattered across the tropics, researchers discovered these freshwater resources may be more resilient to climate change than previously thought, and may even benefit from fewer but more intense rainfall patterns.
Australian blue-banded bees take a heavy metal approach to pollination. A team of researchers recently filmed the bees' headbanging technique, which reportedly maximizes pollen release and allows bees to spend less time pollinating each flower.
If the European Union lifted its ban on feeding pigs food waste, roughly 1.8 million hectares of threatened Brazilian forest and savannah could be saved from excess agricultural development.
Native Australian "resurrection plants" store sugars and recycle cells to survive long dry episodes. Using this, researchers may be able to design drought-resistant crops.
Jumping spiders learn to distinguish a color -- red, in this case -- in order to suss out whether their prey is toxic or actually a really toothsome bit that nonetheless contains the color red, which is often associated with toxic creatures. This means the spiders can live longer and continue to manage agricultural pests, such as caterpillars, beetles and flies.
The same fungus that caused beloved Gros Michel bananas to go extinct in the 1960s may soon wipe out Cavendish varieties, too.
A new hybrid center pivot irrigation system sprays water above ground and pulls less water from underground, ultimately reducing the amount needed to grow potato crops.