Yuan Longping wearing a longsleeve white shirt, doing an interview in a rice field.
Hybrid Rice Developer Yuan Longping Dies at 90
The high-yield variety of rice he produced in the 1970s prevented countless people from dying of starvation.
Hybrid Rice Developer Yuan Longping Dies at 90
Hybrid Rice Developer Yuan Longping Dies at 90

The high-yield variety of rice he produced in the 1970s prevented countless people from dying of starvation.

The high-yield variety of rice he produced in the 1970s prevented countless people from dying of starvation.

food security
Growing Awareness
The Scientist Staff | Jan 31, 2018 | 1 min read
University of California, Riverside, plant biologist Katie Dehesh explains the importance of agricultural research.
Cooking Up Cancer?
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Overcooked potatoes and burnt toast contain acrylamide, a potential carcinogen that researchers have struggled to reliably link to human cancers.
Using Genetics and Genomics to Improve Food Security
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Pamela Ronald and Kan Wang will discuss how they enhance the yield and disease resistance of important crops.
Genetic Modification Improves Photosynthetic Efficiency
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Researchers enhance the photosynthetic yield of tobacco plants with genetic engineering.
Capsule Reviews
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Sorting the Beef from the Bull, Cheats and Deceits, A Sea of Glass, and Following the Wild Bees
FDA Head Leaving Post
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US Food and Drug Administration commissioner Margaret Hamburg is stepping down after six years on the job.
From the Feature Well
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A review of The Scientist’s 2014 special issues, highlighting trending areas of research across the life sciences
Wild Relatives
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As rich sources of genetic diversity, the progenitors and kin of today’s food crops hold great promise for improving production in agriculture’s challenging future.
Designer Livestock
Jef Akst | Jun 1, 2014 | 5+ min read
New technologies will make it easier to manipulate animal genomes, but food products from genetically engineered animals face a long road to market.
Putting Up Resistance
Kerry Grens | Jun 1, 2014 | 5+ min read
Will the public swallow science’s best solution to one of the most dangerous wheat pathogens on the planet?
Rusty Waves of Grain
Kerry Grens | May 31, 2014 | 1 min read
See how a ruinous fungus that attacks wheat wreaks its damage.
Crop Coalescence
Tracy Vence | Mar 5, 2014 | 2 min read
While national food supplies have diversified during the last 50 years, the global crop selection has homogenized, new analysis shows.
Lab-Grown Burger Taste Test
Chris Palmer | Aug 6, 2013 | 2 min read
The world’s first burger grown in a petri dish was cooked and served up in a public taste test.
Why Insects Should Be in Your Diet
Aaron T. Dossey | Feb 1, 2013 | 5 min read
Because of their high protein and fat content and their reproductive efficiency, insects hold great promise for thwarting an impending global food crisis.
Genome Digest
Dan Cossins | Dec 7, 2012 | 4 min read
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Anti-GMO Study is “Inadequate”
Beth Marie Mole | Oct 4, 2012 | 2 min read
The European Food Safety Authority is unconvinced by a study linking genetically modified crops to cancer and early death.
Food for Thought
Tom Brutnell and Wolf B. Frommer | Jun 1, 2012 | 4 min read
Plant research remains grossly underfunded, despite the demand for increased crop production to support a growing population.
Contributors
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2012 | 3 min read
Meet some of the people featured in the June 2012 issue of The Scientist.
SPRead Your Antibody Capabilities
Carina Storrs | May 1, 2012 | 5+ min read
Using surface plasmon resonance to improve antibody detection and characterization: four case studies