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Crispr Deployed to Boost Plant Disease Resistance

Junqi Song

A plant science lab in Dallas is designing a new use of the emerging genome editing technique known as Crispr to add more resistance to plant diseases in two staple food crops. . . . → Read More: Crispr Deployed to Boost Plant Disease Resistance

Agriculture Group Adapts Satellite Imaging, A.I., Big Data

WorldView-4 satellite

An international agricultural network is partnering with a private company to boost the group’s capabilities in satellite imaging, big data analytics, and artificial intelligence. . . . → Read More: Agriculture Group Adapts Satellite Imaging, A.I., Big Data

Trial Testing Gene-Edited, Modified Oilseed Plants

Camelina plant

An agricultural science lab in the U.K. is beginning research on sustainable methods for growing genome-edited camelina plants, along with modifying the plant’s genetics by adding genes from other plant species. . . . → Read More: Trial Testing Gene-Edited, Modified Oilseed Plants

Genome Editing Yields Quality Beer Without Hops

Academic scientists studying synthetic biology with help from professional brewers used genome editing to engineer yeast that produces beer with the taste of hops, but without adding hops. . . . → Read More: Genome Editing Yields Quality Beer Without Hops

Quick, Portable Soil Pathogen Test Process Developed

A university plant science lab developed techniques with readily-available components and materials that make detecting destructive microbes in farm soil faster and easier. . . . → Read More: Quick, Portable Soil Pathogen Test Process Developed

Energy Dept Grant Funding Poplar Tree Rust Study

A university-government biotechnology lab is studying the genomics of leaf rust, a fungus afflicting poplar trees, an emerging biofuel crop, with the goal of engineering resistance to the pathogen. . . . → Read More: Energy Dept Grant Funding Poplar Tree Rust Study

Techniques Devised to Speed-Up Plant Breeding

Plant scientists in Australia and the U.K. developed a process that sharply cuts the amount of time needed to produce new breeds of plant crops including commercial varieties of wheat. . . . → Read More: Techniques Devised to Speed-Up Plant Breeding

Agriculture Tech Start-Up Accelerator to Open

A group supporting start-up companies and entrepreneurs developing new technologies in food and agriculture plans to begin next month in Minneapolis, Minnesota. . . . → Read More: Agriculture Tech Start-Up Accelerator to Open

Tobacco Plants Studied as Drug Bio-Factories

A university in Australia is joining a European research project to create new types of tobacco plants for producing pharmaceuticals. . . . → Read More: Tobacco Plants Studied as Drug Bio-Factories

Rapid DNA, RNA Capture Technique Devised

Researchers in Australia developed a simple and inexpensive dipstick technique that captures and purifies specimen samples for genetic analysis in about 30 seconds. . . . → Read More: Rapid DNA, RNA Capture Technique Devised