Got grain? Researchers identify gene that impacts grain yield

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 […]

New discovery points toward potential agricultural breakthrough

Arguments concerning genetic engineering of the world’s food supply are nothing new. Many members of the scientific community argue GMO foods are just as safe to consume as their naturally grown counterparts, while others fear that tampering with our crops could lessen the integrity of our meals.

But, what if genetic engineering could increase food […]

Seeing the light: Tricking plants into growing

For plants to grow, they need three things: a place to grow and water and sun to nourish them. Without one of these three, the plant could suffer and, eventually, die.

But what if we could change all that? That’s the questions that researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison tried to answer—and the answer could […]

New satellite technology may predict agricultural yields

Midwesterners, congratulations. You are currently located in the area of the world that has the most photosynthetic activity.

Findings released on Ag Day (March 25, read more about Ag Day here), showcased the first-ever estimation of