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Genomic Analysis Finds Lost Tomato Taste Gene

Tomato genetics

An analysis of genomes for all varieties of tomatoes, both wild and domesticated, found a rare gene variation that can make tomatoes tastier. . . . → Read More: Genomic Analysis Finds Lost Tomato Taste Gene

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

Field Tests of Genetically Modified Moths to Begin

Outdoor tests of a genetically engineered diamondback moth, a difficult agricultural pest, altered to stop reproducing and collapse the species, are about to get underway. . . . → Read More: Field Tests of Genetically Modified Moths to Begin

Report: More Biotech Regulations Needed, and Soon

A new report from the National Academies calls for a more robust and responsive regulatory system to handle an anticipated flood of biotechnology products. . . . → Read More: Report: More Biotech Regulations Needed, and Soon

Vaccine Stops Livestock Infections Without Antibiotics

A veterinary medical team at Kansas State University developed a vaccine that protects livestock against dangerous liver and skin infections without antibiotics. . . . → Read More: Vaccine Stops Livestock Infections Without Antibiotics

Gene Editing Enlisted to Fight Citrus Greening

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11 February 2016. Plant scientists at University of California in Riverside plan to use genome editing to develop varieties of citrus fruit resistant to a bacterial disease devastating crops in the U.S. and other parts of the world. The five-year research project led by UC-Riverside plant pathologist Wenbo Ma is funded . . . → Read More: Gene Editing Enlisted to Fight Citrus Greening

Standard Devised to Cut Poultry Antibiotic Use

(Agricultural Research Service, USDA)

7 May 2015. An organization of school districts in the U.S., joined by the Pew Charitable Trusts and U.S. Department of Agriculture, wrote a set of guidelines to reduce the use of antibiotics in raising chickens destined for school feeding programs. Tyson Foods, the nation’s largest producer of chickens, . . . → Read More: Standard Devised to Cut Poultry Antibiotic Use

School Meal Standards Lead to More Fruit, Veggies Eaten

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4 March 2014. A study by public health researchers at Harvard University shows children eating lunch at school increased their consumption of fruit and vegetables after new school lunch standards took effect. The team led by nutrition research fellow Juliana Cohen published its results online today in American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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Disease, Queen Identified as Main Bee Colony Risk Factors

Jeffrey Pettis, of USDA’s Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, is a co-author of the study. (Agricultural Research Service, USDA)

Researchers at North Carolina State University, University of Maryland, Pennsylvania State University, and U.S. Department of Agriculture found a mysterious disease and aberrant queen behavior highly associated with the recent widespread death of . . . → Read More: Disease, Queen Identified as Main Bee Colony Risk Factors

USDA Funding Research on Sustainable Organic Rice Farming

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Texas AgriLife Research, a division of Texas A&M University in College Station, is conducting research on sustainable techniques to improve yields of high-quality organic rice. The work led by Fugen Dou, a soil and crop science professor at AgriLife’s lab in Beaumont, is funded by two U.S. Department of . . . → Read More: USDA Funding Research on Sustainable Organic Rice Farming