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7/1/2014

First isolated from chili peppers in the 1920s, the pathogen Phytophthora capsici has been plaguing the global hot pepper industry ever since. The fungus-like organism causes a root rot...

2/10/2014

Jodi DeJong-Hughes jokes that it looks like a seven-layer cake, but the artificially layered soil she created a few years ago illustrates a serious issue for farmers: soil compaction.

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1/14/2014

The large, air-filled spaces, or “macropores,” in untilled soil often resemble the branching vessels of the human circulatory system. Taking advantage of this similarity, a team of...

11/25/2013

Kevin Price is a rangelands ecologist and remote sensing expert who spent 19 years in the University of Kansas geography department working with satellite images on projects funded by NASA. But...

10/22/2013

It’s well known that significant amounts of fertilizer nitrogen (N) applied during crop production are lost to ground and surface waters as nitrate. Less emphasis has been placed on losses...

10/16/2013

An effort to develop a nationwide, unified system for storing agricultural research data and making it available to the public kicked off last week at a meeting in Potomac, MD.

Led Purdue...

9/10/2013

Since 1995, nearly 200 organisms have had their full complement of hereditary information, including all of their genes, sequenced. The full set of genetic instructions—coded in DNA—...

5/15/2013

Jarai Carter is a University of Illinois honors student who loves lab work and crop science, wants to attend grad school, and tosses around terms like “fluorescent transgene” with ease...

4/1/2013

There is often a need to weigh plant matter when doing small-plot, field research, and a variety of methods have been used to harvest and weigh corn forage plots. A group at the Colorado State...

3/5/2013

The genomics revolution is racing ahead at full speed. Complete genome sequences now cost a fraction of what they were when the Human Genome Project started in 1990. The DNA in any plant variety...