Questions Raised About DARPA-Funded Crop Program
Questions Raised About DARPA-Funded Crop Program
Critics of an agricultural research initiative cite concerns about possible weaponization of the resulting technology, which would use infected insects to deliver genetically modified viruses to plants.
Questions Raised About DARPA-Funded Crop Program
Questions Raised About DARPA-Funded Crop Program

Critics of an agricultural research initiative cite concerns about possible weaponization of the resulting technology, which would use infected insects to deliver genetically modified viruses to plants.

Critics of an agricultural research initiative cite concerns about possible weaponization of the resulting technology, which would use infected insects to deliver genetically modified viruses to plants.

plant biology
Image of the Day: All Out War
Image of the Day: All Out War
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 21, 2018
A new study reports the first-known example of a parasitic love vine tangling with a gall wasp that parasitizes a shared host plant.
Fossilized Beetle Is Earliest Evidence of Insect Pollinator
Fossilized Beetle Is Earliest Evidence of Insect Pollinator
Abby Olena | Aug 16, 2018
A 99-million-year-old beetle preserved in amber alongside grains of pollen likely pollinated prehistoric plants.
USDA Unveils New Gene-Stacking Tool to Prevent Plant Diseases
USDA Unveils New Gene-Stacking Tool to Prevent Plant Diseases
Anne N. Connor | Aug 14, 2018
The European Union says no thanks.
Image of the Day: Slimy Business
Image of the Day: Slimy Business
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 13, 2018
A new study reports finding corn species in Mexico that can trap nitrogen.
Image of the Day: Watering Hole
Image of the Day: Watering Hole
Sukanya Charuchandra | Aug 8, 2018
A new study describes an unusual water harvesting method in plants.
Scientists Can’t Agree on What’s Making Pistachio Trees Sick
Scientists Can’t Agree on What’s Making Pistachio Trees Sick
Catherine Offord | Aug 1, 2018
A new study ignites debate on the cause of pistachio bushy top syndrome, a disease that has crippled farms in California, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Youssef Belkhadir Deciphers Plants’ Signaling Soundtrack
Youssef Belkhadir Deciphers Plants’ Signaling Soundtrack
Ashley Yeager | Jun 1, 2018
An entrepreneurial attitude helped this Vienna-based researcher begin to unravel the complex receptor network that Arabidopsis uses to develop and defend itself.
Researchers Grow Veggies in Space
Researchers Grow Veggies in Space
Ashley Yeager | Jun 1, 2018
Experiments to cultivate greens on the International Space Station and in simulated Martian environments pave the way for feeding crews during deep space missions.
Far Out Gardening
Far Out Gardening
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2018
Blast off into orbit, where researchers on the International Space Station are growing plants in systems that may one day sustain astronauts travelling far across the solar system and beyond.