Texas A&M scientists doing research on cotton, weeds

Alex Whitebrook/ July 12, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Scientists at Texas A&M University are hopeful they’ve developed the kryptonite for what’s been a losing battle against herbicide-resistant weeds now choking cotton fields across the southern U.S. The San Antonio Express-News reports if it works as well in the San Angelo test field as it has in a campus greenhouse, the technology could prove revolutionary to a crop that

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Finalists Named for AgTech Conference of the South Pitch Off Competition

Alex Whitebrook/ July 12, 2018/ Press Releases/ 0 comments

The AgTech Conference of the South, a premiere conference dedicated to the innovation, entrepreneurship and investment that is shaping the future of agriculture, announces the finalists for its Pitch Off competition. Fourteen startups were named, with the top four earning a spot to present to a panel of judges from leading companies such as Climate Corp., Cox Enterprises Clean Tech division and

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Kenyan Farmer: On Cusp of a Biotech Revolution

Alex Whitebrook/ July 11, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Farmers have good years and bad years. Here in Kenya, however, the good years never seemed quite as good as they could have been and the bad years have felt worse than necessary. Why? It’s because we can’t take advantage of tools that farmers in much of the developed world take for granted: genetically engineered crops, often referred to as

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A UK farmer’s perspective: What are the consequences when biotechnology innovations are withheld?

Alex Whitebrook/ July 10, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

How much would your life change if the government suddenly were to ban mobile phones? It would alter everything, mostly for the worse, from how you work to how you communicate with your family. In time, perhaps, you’d get used to it: Our parents managed to survive without these devices for most of their lives. I anticipate we’d figure out

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Space-age crop breeding innovation at The University of Queensland

Alex Whitebrook/ July 9, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Since humanity’s first venture into space in the early 20th century, space experiments have inspired some incredible technologies, including solar cells, enriched baby food, artificial limbs and invisible braces, just to name a few. NASA’s experiments that seek to grow wheat in space have inspired University of Queensland (UQ) scientists to develop the world’s first ‘speed breeding’ procedures here, on planet Earth. Queensland

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Life after CRP: Returning land to crops

Alex Whitebrook/ July 9, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

David Burkland walks through a field of knee-high corn on a late-June morning and studies it with experienced eyes. Its condition isn’t ideal, but he’s mostly satisfied — especially since the field was covered with grass and in the Conservation Reserve Program a year ago. “This isn’t going to be any kind of bumper crop,” the veteran Grand Forks, N.D.,

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Five Asian Companies Named WEF Technology Pioneers In 2018

Alex Whitebrook/ July 6, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Five companies in Asia have joined a global community of technology pioneers in recognition of their potentially world-changing innovations and technologies. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has recognized five companies from Asia as Technology Pioneers of 2018. They join a global community of early-stage companies involved in pioneering new technologies and ideas across a diverse range of sectors, from agriculture

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A&M cotton research could open new front in war on weeds

Alex Whitebrook/ July 5, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

Scientists at Texas A&M University are hopeful they’ve developed the Kryptonite for what’s been a losing battle against herbicide-resistant weeds now choking cotton fields across the southern U.S. If it works as well in the San Angelo test field as it has in a campus greenhouse, the technology could prove revolutionary to a crop that in some regions has become

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Vertical farming: The potential climate benefits may stack up, but is it a distraction?

Alex Whitebrook/ July 4, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

The world’s largest vertical farm is to be built in Dubai backed by $40m investment, but is this the future for agriculture or a distraction from more pressing climate problems? Vertical farming: eco-friend or foe? Well, the first thing to say – to invoke Jez from Peep Show – is that it is not pyramid selling. No, whatever the name might imply to the suspicious

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Plant Tattoo

Alex Whitebrook/ July 4, 2018/ News/ 0 comments

As an Iowa State University plant scientist, Patrick Schnable is working with low-cost, graphene-based sensors that can be attached to plants. The technology measures the time it takes for two kinds of corn plants to move water from their roots, to their lower leaves, and then to their upper leaves. The information gathered will provide new types of data to

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