Spores of Fusarium xylarioides
Researchers Resurrect Coffee-Destroying Fungus—to Study It
Comparing the genomes of modern pathogens with those of cryopreserved strains from several decades ago shed light on the evolution of coffee wilt disease outbreaks in Africa.
Researchers Resurrect Coffee-Destroying Fungus—to Study It
Researchers Resurrect Coffee-Destroying Fungus—to Study It

Comparing the genomes of modern pathogens with those of cryopreserved strains from several decades ago shed light on the evolution of coffee wilt disease outbreaks in Africa.

Comparing the genomes of modern pathogens with those of cryopreserved strains from several decades ago shed light on the evolution of coffee wilt disease outbreaks in Africa.

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wheat blast fungus zambia Magnaporthe oryzae pathotype Triticum
Wheat Blast Arrives in Zambia, First Time in Africa
Munyaradzi Makoni | Oct 19, 2020
Experts fear the fungal pathogen will spread to other African countries, threatening wheat production.
Space-Grown Lettuce Is Safe and Astronaut-Approved
Amy Schleunes | Mar 9, 2020
NASA’s vegetable production system, known as Veggie, may help pave the way for more sophisticated systems that could supplement astronauts’ diets during long trips to space.
Joe Louis Studies the Molecular Battles Between Plants and Insects
Shawna Williams | Mar 1, 2020
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln entomologist wants to help pave the way for creating environmentally friendly tools to replace insecticides to control agricultural pests.
Image of the Day: Fragmented Habitat
Emily Makowski | Dec 17, 2019
Human activities may be affecting both narrow-ranged plants and widespread ones.
Drug Helps Plants Resist Drought: Study
Abby Olena | Oct 24, 2019
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.
A Synthetic Ion Channel Makes Plants Grow Faster
Chia-Yi Hou | Sep 1, 2019
Arabidopsis with guard cells modified by a light-activated potassium ion channel can open and close stomata more quickly, conserving water.
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Companies Use CRISPR to Improve Crops
Ashley P. Taylor | Feb 1, 2019
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
Risks that pertain to all manner of new crops are often misattributed to genetic engineering. This distorts the public’s view of the technology.
Industry-Funded Pesticide Data Problematic, Study Shows
Anna Azvolinsky | Nov 27, 2018
Scrutinizing a company’s study on a widely used pesticide, chlorpyrifos, academic researchers find shortcomings in analyses and public disclosures of results.
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Climate Change Likely to Ding Beer Supply
Shawna Williams | Oct 15, 2018
The average price of a pint could double by the end of this century because of declines in barley yields, a study predicts.
Celebrated Brazilian Bee Scientist Warwick Kerr Dies
Vijay Shankar Balakrishnan | Oct 2, 2018
Revered as a humanitarian and scientist, Kerr was also blamed for the introduction of aggressive Africanized bees to the Americas.
USDA Will Not Regulate CRISPR-Edited Crops
Diana Kwon | Apr 1, 2018
Restrictions will remain on transgenic plants, which contain artificially inserted genes from other species.
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.
EU Advisor Recommends Regulatory Exemption for Gene Editing
Catherine Offord | Jan 18, 2018
Crops produced using mutagenic technologies such as CRISPR should generally be exempt from regulatory laws governing GMOs, according to the published opinion.
Insects Are Increasingly Evolving Resistance to Genetically Modified Crops
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 13, 2017
Plantings of non-GM refuges counter the development of resistance.
Opinion: Hidden Environmental Cost in Green Solutions
Meredith Richardson and Praveen Kumar | Jun 30, 2017
The inclusion of soil nutrient fluxes is critical for more-accurately assessing the societal value of ethanol biofuel vs. corn feed.
Report: Still Lots to Learn About GE Crops
Tracy Vence | May 17, 2016
A National Academies–led analysis evaluates the impacts of genetically engineered crops—and calls for updated regulations.
Gene Editing Without Foreign DNA
Ruth Williams | Feb 1, 2016
Scientists perform plant-genome modifications on crops without using plasmids.
Opinion: On Global GMO Regulation
Tetsuya Ishii | Feb 25, 2015
Advances in genome-editing technologies have made modifying crops easier than ever before. They’ve also clouded the already murky realm of genetically modified foods.