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Corn that acquires its own nitrogen identified, reducing need for fertilizer
August 10, 2018
Scientists have long sought corn that could fix nitrogen, to reduce the crop’s high demand for artificial fertilizers. Further research will determine if the trait can be bred into commercial cultivars of corn, the world’s most productive cereal crop
Carbon Storage and Land-Use Strategies in Agriculture
August 10, 2018
Researchers conducted field surveys of over 11,000 trees, in-depth interviews with farmers, and examined existing agricultural data to evaluate the potential impacts of different agricultural strategies on above-ground carbon stocks.
Introducing a car called Noah aiming to trigger a flood of bio-based motor vehicles.
August 10, 2018
This is the first time that a car chassis and all bodywork has been made from natural and bio-based materials - no metal or traditional plastics were used for the structural parts of the car.
Climate taxes on agriculture could lead to more food insecurity than climate change itself
August 10, 2018
This is the first international study to compare across models the effects of climate change on agriculture with the costs and effects of mitigation policies, and look at subsequent effects on food security and the risk of hunger.
US retail sales of plant-based milk up 9%, plant-based meat up 24% YoY
August 10, 2018
US retail sales of plant-based foods rose 20% to $3.3bn in the year to June 16, 2018, according to Nielsen data compiled for the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA).
Insect biomass conversion reduces food waste, creates animal feed
August 10, 2018
Soldier fly larvae plus rotting food waste make new recipe for sustainable fish and animal feed.
Scientists may have figured out how to use genetically modified rice to prevent HIV
August 10, 2018
The rice produces proteins that can bind to HIV viruses and stop the virus from interacting with human cells. The rice can be made into a topical cream that can be applied to the skin, protecting that person from HIV.
Breaking up 'fatbergs': Engineers develop technique to break down fats, oil and grease
August 10, 2018
Cooking oil and similar waste can clog pipes, harm fish and even grow into solid deposits like the 'fatbergs' that recently blocked London's sewage system. Researchers have found a way to treat these fats, oils and grease and turn them into energy.
GM Plants Could Provide Balanced Diet for Salmon
August 10, 2018
The study will see the farmed fish – which are not genetically modified – being fed oils pressed from camelina. The GM plant has high-levels of the beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, and is safe and cost-effective for aquaculture feeds.
'Not particularly good news': Processing strips maize of healthy nutrients
August 10, 2018
The process of making corn flakes strips maize of its healthy phenolic compounds and tocopherols, meaning fortification with additives is the best solution to make corn products healthier, scientists have found.
Feeding plants to this algae could fuel your car
August 10, 2018
Research shows that a freshwater production strain of microalgae, is capable of directly degrading and utilizing non-food plant substrates for improved cell growth and lipid productivity, useful for boosting the algae's potential value as a biofuel.
Agriculture: DIY field imaging system
August 10, 2018
Farmers and plant breeders can now build their own automated field camera track system to collect data on dynamic plant traits, such as crop lodging and movement, as it's happening in the field to help reduce losses in crop yield.
Relax (Again), CRISPR’s (Still) Probably Fine
August 10, 2018
UK scientists have just published evidence that CRISPR-Cas9 causes complex unintended rearrangements in DNA more often than anyone seems to have anticipated. But there is a good case that these findings are not show-stoppers.
Five breakthroughs identified to transform agriculture
August 10, 2018
New report lays out how research can transform the fields of agriculture and food production, to address urgent challenges and advance food and ag sciences by 2030.
Climate Change Is Disrupting the Planet’s Seasons
August 10, 2018
Four decades of temperature observations show what many suspected: Human activity is disrupting the behavior of plants, animals, and the march of the seasons.
A big pig deal: Local swine breeders land $2.5M contract with China
August 10, 2018
Tavistock, Ont., breeder builds on years of selling Canadian breeding pigs to customers overseas
Sustainability critical to poultry industry's ability to deliver on commitments
August 10, 2018
The global poultry industry is flourishing, with poultry being a vital source of protein as well as an aspirational food source in many parts of the world.
Top EU court: GMO rules cover plant gene editing technique
August 10, 2018
Crops obtained by plant breeding technique mutagenesis should fall under laws restricting the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Europe’s highest court said July 25.

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