crop engineering
Biofuels by the Numbers
Biofuels by the Numbers
Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | Jul 1, 2012
Of the many available no- or low-carbon methods to harvest energy, including wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, and solar approaches, conversion of plant biomass to liquid fuels is the most cost-effective strategy.
Growing Better Biofuel Crops
Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | Jul 1, 2012
Research is underway to reduce the use of food crops for biofuels by shifting to dedicated energy crops and agricultural residues.
Revenge of the Weeds
Amy Coombs | May 20, 2012
Plant pests are evolving to outsmart common herbicides, costing farmers crops and money.
Light on Leaves
Jessica P. Johnson | Oct 1, 2011
Editor’s choice in Plant Biology
Drought-tolerant corn trials underwater
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.
Alternative Agriculture
Vanessa Schipani | Feb 1, 2011
The debate over genetically engineered crops rages on, but other technologies offer new hope for sustainable farming.