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Plants Defend Themselves Against Heavy Metals
A metabolite from maize roots protects the plants against arsenic toxicity.
Plants Defend Themselves Against Heavy Metals
Plants Defend Themselves Against Heavy Metals

A metabolite from maize roots protects the plants against arsenic toxicity.

A metabolite from maize roots protects the plants against arsenic toxicity.

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Rows of soybean plants with green leaves beneath a partially clouded sky with the rising sun in the background.
As Carbon Dioxide Goes Up, Plants’ Nutrient Content Declines
Dan Robitzski | Nov 3, 2022 | 5 min read
Abundant environmental CO2 can increase plant biomass and photosynthesis, but it has downsides for agriculture and ecosystems, a growing body of research finds.
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Book Excerpt from Endangered Maize
Helen Anne Curry | Jan 17, 2022 | 4 min read
In Chapter 7, “Grow,” author Helen Anne Curry relays the story of Indigenous revolutionaries in Mexico who tapped into community-based methods to conserve traditional corn varieties.
Cover of Endangered Maize by Helen Anne Curry
Opinion: Going Beyond Seed Banks
Helen Anne Curry | Jan 17, 2022 | 5 min read
Rethinking why and how we conserve crop genetic diversity
Genomics Reveals How Humans Can Inadvertently Drive Plant Mimicry
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2020 | 4 min read
Hand weeding of fields spurred an interloper to evolve a rice-like appearance, researchers conclude.
Drug Helps Plants Resist Drought: Study
Abby Olena, PhD | Oct 24, 2019 | 3 min read
The small molecule is effective in tomato and wheat in laboratory trials, but its scalability and applicability to real-world agriculture remains to be seen.
Gene-Edited Soybean Oil Makes Restaurant Debut
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 13, 2019 | 2 min read
A Minnesota-based company reports the sale of a soybean oil engineered to have greater stability and no trans-fat.
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Companies Use CRISPR to Improve Crops
Ashley P. Taylor | Feb 1, 2019 | 9 min read
The agritech industry is editing plant genomes to feed a growing population, expand the produce aisle, and make tastier, more convenient food products.
Opinion: GE Crops Are Seen Through a Warped Lens
Rod A. Herman, Nicholas P. Storer, and Bryan Delaney | Feb 1, 2019 | 3 min read
Risks that pertain to all manner of new crops are often misattributed to genetic engineering. This distorts the public’s view of the technology.
Image of the Day: Corn Fed
Catherine Offord | Nov 29, 2018 | 1 min read
Bumblebee colonies grow poorly in landscapes dominated by maize, researchers find.
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Culling Wildlife for the Sake of Research
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 27, 2018 | 3 min read
A case in which the University of Florida killed birds to protect crop research raises questions on the ethics of field studies’ potential side effects.
Long-Term Study Reveals Flip in Plant Responses to Carbon Dioxide
Catherine Offord | Apr 20, 2018 | 2 min read
The 20-year project calls into question the conventional wisdom about the role plants will play in mitigating future climate change.
How Manipulating the Plant Microbiome Could Improve Agriculture
Davide Bulgarelli | Feb 1, 2018 | 10+ min read
It has become increasingly evident that, like animals, plants are not autonomous organisms but rather are populated by a cornucopia of diverse microorganisms.
Andrea Eveland Teases Apart Gene Networks in Crop Plants
Karen Zusi | Feb 1, 2017 | 3 min read
The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center researcher links complex traits to the genes that underlie them.
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