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Enhancing cassava for better nutrition in every bite

Cassava is a staple food crop in sub-Saharan Africa, where millions of people eat it every day. It's an especially important source of food during times of drought, because cassava is a hardy plant that continues to produce its starchy storage roots when water is scarce... click to read more

  • Nigel J. Taylor | Associate Member and Distinguished Investigator at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St Louis, MO, USA
  • Narayanan Narayanan | Research Scientist at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St Louis, MO, USA
Views 356
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 17, 2019
High extinction risk for wild coffee species and implications for coffee sector sustainability

It has been estimated that coffee farming provides livelihoods for around 100 million people worldwide, most of which are smallholder farmers. For many coffee producing countries, coffee exports make up a significant and critically important proportion of their export earnings. Despite the number of producers... click to read more

  • Aaron P. Davis | Senior Research Leader at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, UK
Views 773
Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 5, 2019
How plants protect themselves from salt stress

We often think of genes as a static piece of information in DNA that determines different physical aspects of life. I have blue eyes because I have the gene(s) for blue eyes. However, while DNA is important in determining such features, it's the proteins encoded... click to read more

  • Steve Anderson | PhD student at Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Brian D. Gregory | Professor at Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Views 648
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jun 26, 2019
Improving the dietary value of tomatoes with purple plant pigments

Numerous countries have deployed public health campaigns to promote consumption of five or more serving of fruit and vegetables per day, aimed to improve health outcomes. However, recent data suggests these campaigns were not effective, as the mean daily consumption of fruit and vegetables was... click to read more

  • Jared B. Fudge | PhD student at Department of Botany and Plant Biology, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 1162
Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 17, 2019
Machine-learning boosts the conservation of endangered plant species

Pandas, whales, elephants, and lions are extinct. Even though we know that's not true, that could be true in a world in which those species had never been studied and protected, and it is a real threat for many species that are unfortunately not as... click to read more

  • Tara Pelletier | Assistant Professor at Radford University, Radford, Virginia, USA
  • Anahí Espíndola | Assistant Professor at University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Views 1770
Reading time 4 min
published on Apr 29, 2019