Researchers found a protein that helps plants grow in salty soils. This could aid in salt-tolerant crop development.
Researchers found a fourth gene that controls the process that makes wheat flower following a freeze. This discovery could improve wheat varieties to meet growing worldwide demands.
University of New Hampshire researchers discovered that crop rotation could combat the stress that soils experience with increased agriculture.
Barley, that grain that supplies us with both cereals and beer, had a difficult genome to crack. Researchers recently decoded it, which will help farmers breed stronger crops.
Home owners in central Florida want to save water but also feel pressure to meet Home Owner's Association regulations. Here's a look at how much drinking water is used.
While certain stink bugs have always created a problem for soybean farmers, the redbanded sink bug is present in very high numbers and is becoming resistant to common insecticides.
Tropical forests in the Amazon, home to roughly 2,000 species of plants, birds, beetles, ants and bees are being invaded by human activities such as logging. Researchers have found that habitats can be conserved by a wide network of forest areas.
The current coffee-farming system, which involves non-shade farming and low prices wrested from poor farmers, is causing problems. These methods have been in place only since the 1970s and 1980s, and a study talks about how they could be changed.
Rice crops have been battling a deadly bacterial blight for over a century - one that decimates crops and can leave entire farms in ruin. Now researchers think that affected regions may finally stand a chance after discovering a rare mechanism that leave some lucky plants resistant to infection.
Climate change: it's a subject that is full of uncertainties. That's especially true in the case of how it will affect plant life around the globe. Past studies have revealed that a warming world and changing atmosphere could help plants spread and grow. However, new research has now found evidence of the complete opposite. Plants, it appears, may actually be running out of time to grow in the face of climate change.
The Bronze Age was a significant era in Earth's early history, but how did it change Europe? New DNA analyses from the bones of early Europeans have attempted to answer just that question, showing that the demographic structure of present-day Europe and Asia is the result of widespread population migrations, and subsequent cultural changes that occurred during the Bronze Age.
Our modern, more sedentary lifestyles have not only made humans heavier, but also noticeably lighter than our hunter-gatherer ancestors - at least in the bones.
Popular legend has always portrayed silver as the "purifying metal," capable of fending off ghosts, and - most importantly - a bullet of the stuff can take down a werewolf. Now researchers are making myth into reality, using silver to battle a deadly fungus invasion that otherwise would never die.
Scientists are already worried about the rapidly growing human population, which is approaching unsustainable levels and threatening global food security. And now, new research shows that soil losses may exacerbate this problem and result in possible ramifications for human security.
It's no secret that despite abundant supplies in developed worlds, a worrying number of people are still starving in the modern age. This problem may only grow worse as net populations rise and agricultural production sinks. Now, new research has shown that even deforestation could make things worse, as forests have proven themselves to be more important to global food security than previously thought.