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Bread Wheat Genome Sequenced

Growing wheat

An international collaboration published a complete, annotated genomic sequencing of wheat used in making bread, a widely grown staple crop and major source of nutrition worldwide. . . . → Read More: Bread Wheat Genome Sequenced

Cancer Drug Delivery Through Milk Particles Under Study

Cattle

A new research project is investigating components in raw cow’s milk that could make it possible to give chemotherapy for cancer as oral drugs rather than infusions. . . . → Read More: Cancer Drug Delivery Through Milk Particles Under Study

Organic Farming Is Probably the Way Forward For the Future

We have come to realize that organic farming is going to soon take over, simply because there is so much demand for this high quality produce. . . . → Read More: Organic Farming Is Probably the Way Forward For the Future

Challenges Seek Solutions for Chronic Diseases, Oral Drugs in Animals

Puppy at veterinarian

Two new crowdsourcing competitions announced this week are seeking ideas on broadening the scope of drugs being developed for companion animals, and making drugs easier to give to pets and farm animals. . . . → Read More: Challenges Seek Solutions for Chronic Diseases, Oral Drugs in Animals

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