A group of cells that determines when a plant should germinate is reminiscent of a 'brain,' according to new research.
On Friday, NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have successfully reaped their first harvest which was none other than red romaine lettuce leaves. The vegetables were grown using a plant growth system on board the ISS. This method was part of the space agency’s technique called “cut-and-come-again.”
Scientists from the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) have discovered the power of prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata), revealing that this native perennial grass used for biomass energy production, can withstand extremely cold temperature.
A team of scientists from the University of Illinois has devised a revolutionary way of boosting crop yield of tobacco plants by 20 percent by adjusting their genetic makeup.
Infestation of pests are usually observed on monoculture or farm fields growing only one type of crop. Barely does this happen on fields with a variety of plants but this is usually left unconsidered through the years. Now, scientists have found another key factor on how diversity plays crucial role in preventing pestilences.
Drought-stricken crops won’t be saved by water storage alone as a new study finds that dry air actively pulls moisture from plants.
Bees, which are known for their keen sense of smell, are losing their ability to efficiently forage for food.
Called the "Panama Disease," or "Fusarium wilt," the deadly fungus is obliterating the commercially popular Cavendish bananas, threatening Latin America's export industry.
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.
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.
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.
Since the domestication of corn, there have been many genetically modified versions created to date. So how does the sweet corn we enjoy today compare to that served at the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621?
Researchers found that pineapples utilize a unique photosynthesis that protects the plants from loosing too much water during the day. This allows the fruits to be juicy even though they grow in dry environments.