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New map shows 4.62 billion acres of cropland globally

Surprise! The U.S. Geological Survey has found that there’s a lot more cropland in the world than previously thought — about 15–20% more, in fact.

The agency has released a new, high-resolution global map that shows information about worldwide cropland and agricultural water use. The map is more accurate than any previous report, showing a […]

Could drought-resistant crops be in our future?

International research has found how plants, such as rice and wheat, sense and respond to extreme drought stress, in a breakthrough that many think could lead to the development of next-generation drought-proof crops.

Lead researcher, Dr. Kai Xun Chan from The Australian National University (ANU) Research School of Biology, said the team discovered an enzyme […]

Monday links

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Agriculture

Research into water-saving pineapple that may help feed the world – Dallas Morning News Pineapples are yummy in fruit salads, piña coladas and stir fries. In agricultural circles, they’re renowned water misers […]