crops
More Carbon Dioxide, Fewer Crop Nutrients
More Carbon Dioxide, Fewer Crop Nutrients
Kerry Grens | May 8, 2014
Plants grown in higher concentrations of CO2 have greater yields, but lower amounts of essential nutrients.
Crop Coalescence
Crop Coalescence
Tracy Vence | Mar 5, 2014
While national food supplies have diversified during the last 50 years, the global crop selection has homogenized, new analysis shows.
Pheromone Factories
Pheromone Factories
Kerry Grens | Feb 26, 2014
Genetically modified tobacco plants produce pheromones that can trap pests.  
Gut Microbes Prevent Locust Swarms
Gut Microbes Prevent Locust Swarms
Jef Akst | Jan 15, 2014
Migratory locusts are less likely to aggregate into crop-devastating swarms when infected by the parasite Paranosema locustae.
Genome Digest
Genome Digest
Dan Cossins | Dec 7, 2012
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Proteinaceous Cassava Lacks Protein
Jef Akst | Sep 19, 2012
A PLOS ONE study claiming to have jacked up the essential crop with a gene to allow the plant to produce protein is retracted.
Nanoparticles Harm Crops
Hayley Dunning | Aug 21, 2012
Manufactured nanomaterials, such as those found in cosmetics and fuel, affect soil productivity and food quality of soybean crops.
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.