agriculture
Image of the Day: A-maize-ing!
Image of the Day: A-maize-ing!
The Scientist Staff | May 3, 2018
By combining alleles involved in plant height, an agricultural scientist has grown the world’s tallest cornstalk, breaking his own record set in 2017.
Organic Fertilizers Rife With Microplastics: Study
Organic Fertilizers Rife With Microplastics: Study
Shawna Williams | Apr 4, 2018
Converting biowaste to plant food is an overlooked source of tiny plastic pollutants, researchers say.
Russian Sites Promote Anti-GMO Articles, Study Finds
Russian Sites Promote Anti-GMO Articles, Study Finds
Jim Daley | Feb 28, 2018
RT and Sputnik publish stories about GMOs more often than US outlets, and typically portray them in a negative light.
Book Excerpt from <em>How to Feed the World</em>
Book Excerpt from How to Feed the World
Uris Baldos | Feb 11, 2018
In chapter 5, “The Technology Ticket,” contributing author Uris Baldos urges acceptance and investment in “precision agriculture” to provide for a burgeoning global population.
How Toxic is the World’s Most Popular Herbicide Roundup?
How Toxic is the World’s Most Popular Herbicide Roundup?
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 7, 2018
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is designed to be toxic to plants, but scientists observe some untoward effects on animals in the lab. 
Image of the Day: Colorado Potato Beetles
Image of the Day: Colorado Potato Beetles
The Scientist Staff | Feb 6, 2018
Leptinotarsa decemlineata has been decimating agricultural crops since at least the 19th century, and by sequencing its genome researchers hope to explore new strategies for controlling the pest.
Contributors
Contributors
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 1, 2018
Meet some of the people featured in the February 2018 issue of The Scientist.
Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi Investigates How Pathogens Invade Plant Roots
Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi Investigates How Pathogens Invade Plant Roots
Shawna Williams | Feb 1, 2018
The Purdue University researcher is one of the first to examine the molecular processes that underlie infection by soil microbes.
Agricultural Technology Can Save Humanity from Starvation (Again)
Agricultural Technology Can Save Humanity from Starvation (Again)
Jessica Eise | Feb 1, 2018
We are on the cusp of yet another revolution in how we feed the populace.
Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops
Researchers Learn from Plant Viruses to Protect Crops
Claire Asher | Feb 1, 2018
Plants are locked in an ancient arms race with hostile viruses, but genome editing is giving crops the upper hand.