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Stressing and FRETing

By Ruth Williams | August 1, 2014

Two labs have produced FRET-based systems for real-time analysis of a plant stress hormone.


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Climate Change to Continue

By Kate Yandell | January 15, 2013

A US federal advisory committee finds that climate change is already impacting the country, and that it’s not about to stop.


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Better Biofuel Crops

By Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | July 1, 2012

One way to increase biofuel production is to engineer plants that can withstand harsh environmental conditions, thereby expanding the range in which such crops can be grown. 


Growing Better Biofuel Crops

By Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | July 1, 2012

Research is underway to reduce the use of food crops for biofuels by shifting to dedicated energy crops and agricultural residues.

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Opinion: The Water Deficit

By David Molden | August 23, 2011

Current farming practices draw too much of the world’s freshwater supplies to be sustainable. A change is needed to support growing agricultural demand.


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Drought-tolerant corn trials underwater

By Bob Grant | May 26, 2011

Agribusiness giant Monsanto is finding out that it's difficult to conduct field trials of drought-resistant corn when it won't stop raining. The company hopes to launch a new line of corn seed that's been genetically engineered to thrive in drough conditions by 2013.


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