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The Poisoned Oasis: Neonicotinoid Spillover Harms Bees Near Corn

Neonicotinoids are a highly controversial class of insecticides that are often applied as seed coatings for crops such as corn, soy and, canola. Neonicotinoids are systemic and water soluble; once treated-seeds are planted, the insecticides are taken up by the growing plant through the roots... click to read more

  • Nadia Tsvetkov | PhD student at Department of Biology, York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Amro Zayed | Associate Professor at Department of Biology, York University, Toronto, Canada
Views 765
Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 5, 2018
Bringing the flavor back to modern tomatoes

While many people remember the wonderful flavor of a garden-grown heirloom tomato, this flavor is not found in modern commercial tomatoes. Modern tomato breeding has focused on disease resistance, yield, shelf-life and firmness for shipping. While these traits are essential for large scale year-round production... click to read more

  • Denise Tieman | Research assistant at University of Florida, Horticultural Sciences Dept., Gainesville FL 32611
Views 1138
Reading time 3 min
published on Dec 1, 2017
Cloudy days cost yield until scientists hacked photosynthesis

Throughout the growing season seemingly benign clouds pass over millions of acres of crops and inadvertently rob plants of their productivity, costing untold bushels of potential yield. Researchers recently reported in the journal Science that they have engineered a solution and increased the productivity of... click to read more

  • Stephen Long | Professor at Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at Illinois, USA
  • Katarzyna Głowacka | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at Illinois, USA
  • Johannes Kromdijk | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at Illinois
Views 773
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 2, 2017
GMOs are not a human invention: sweet potato is a naturally transgenic food crop

Sweet potato is one of the most important food crops for human consumption in the world. It is especially grown and consumed in Sub-Saharan Africa, parts of Asia, and the Pacific islands. Additionally, it is one of the earliest domesticated crops, documented by archeological findings... click to read more

  • Tina Kyndt | Research Professor at Department Molecular Biotechnology, Ghent University (UGent), Ghent, Belgium
Views 1693
Reading time 3 min
published on Jul 6, 2015