crop yields
Bt Corn Associated with Higher Yields, Less Insecticide Use in Neighboring Fields
Bt Corn Associated with Higher Yields, Less Insecticide Use in Neighboring Fields
Shawna Williams | Mar 13, 2018
An analysis of 40 years of data also finds declines in pest populations after the introduction of the GM crop.
Light-Tolerant Tomatoes
Light-Tolerant Tomatoes
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Aug 7, 2014
Upping the expression of a single gene improves the plant’s ability to withstand light and increases yields. 
Barf-Less Brews
Barf-Less Brews
Tracy Vence | Jun 1, 2014
Genetic engineering could help keep harmful toxins out of barley and beer, but will consumers with a thirst for craft malts and brews buy into it?
Sick Mold
Sick Mold
Beth Marie Mole | May 1, 2013
A virus that infects a crop-killing fungus can spread freely, opening the possibility of its use as a fungicide.
War-born Climate Change
Edyta Zielinska | Jul 3, 2012
A nuclear war could have profound effects on crops yields around the world, according to a new study.
Better Biofuel Crops
Better Biofuel Crops
Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | Jul 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. 
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.
Conventional Yields Trump Organic
Bob Grant | Apr 26, 2012
A new meta-analysis of farming practices suggests that traditional methods of cultivating food plants result in heftier harvests than do organic strategies.