Mutants get a bad rap in horror movies and superhero comic books. But when it comes to real-life genomic science, mutations can be very important in the process of making new discoveries.
Researchers at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center have used four mutations to determine a gene that influences grain yield in grasses related to food crops. This discovery could impact crops used to produce renewable fuels. [ More … ]
We typically think of rain as being good for plants, but as with anything, timing is key.
Too much springtime rain can force farmers to delay planting schedules by several weeks. This is currently the case for farmers in the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest regions of the United States, where a rainy yet warm April has been interfering with the normal agricultural agenda. [ More … ]
What comes to mind when you imagine the sounds of a typical urban or suburban neighborhood? Perhaps lawnmowers loudly grazing, kids bouncing a basketball on the sidewalk and cars rolling down the street. What about the gentle clucking of chickens?
Urban farming is increasingly popular around the world, and chickens are one of the more common animals to raise due to their conveniently small size. Some households start raising a flock in order to feel closer to their food source, to earn a little extra money or even just as a hobby. [ More … ]