The plant as a clock – Do you know that Plants can tell the time using sugars?

The plant as a clock (Credit: Cleverson Matiolli) A new study by an international team of scientists, including the UniversityRead More

Tropical Plants: Definition and Importance

What does Tropical Plant mean? A tropical plant is a plant that grows naturally in a tropical climate. A tropicalRead More

Reasons why “Super Gro” remains the Best among All

Super Gro is a product of NEOLIFE, a company that specializes in natural and nutritional health products for human andRead More

Implications of access to high-quality fruits and vegetables

Quality has potential to impact consumer selection and consumption in rural areas   Researchers at Montana State University in BozemanRead More

Gene boosts rice growth and yield in salty soil

Discovery of a gene that helps rice plants grow in salty soil paves the way to developing salt-tolerant crops MembersRead More

How spiders can harm and help flowering plants

Summary: The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Now researchers show that this principle also holds for crab spidersRead More

Lizards, mice, bats and other vertebrates are important pollinators, too

Study reviews the global importance of vertebrate pollinators for plant reproduction   Bees are not the only animals that carryRead More

Why some Beetles like Alcohol

Beetles share the work of cultivating their fungal gardens: some clean the tunnel systems that are being eaten into theRead More

Crops with higher levels of a protein require 25 percent less water

Scientists engineer crops to conserve water, resist drought Engineered plants conserve 25 percent more water by only partially opening theirRead More

Diverse tropical forests grow fast despite widespread phosphorus limitation

In Panama’s lowland tropical forest, tree species growing on low phosphorus soils grew faster, on average, than species growing onRead More

Do you know that Mice change their appearance as a result of frequent exposure to humans?

The white patches in the brown fur of the house mice are a sign of self-domestication. Credit: Linda Heeb Dogs,Read More

New study finds clear differences between organic and non-organic milk and meat

In the largest study of its kind, an international team of experts led by Newcastle University, UK, has shown thatRead More

Forage-based diets on dairy farms produce nutritionally enhanced milk

Markedly higher levels of health-promoting fatty acids reported Summary: Researchers have found that cows fed a 100 percent organic grassRead More

How Pigs learn from Each other

Kune Kune piglets possess social learning skills and have an astonishingly good memory   Kune Kune piglets are able toRead More

Nutritionally-speaking, Do you know that soy milk is the best plant-based milk? Find out

Closest to cow’s milk in range of nutrients it offers                      Cow’s milk is compared with various plant-based milk. Credit:Read More

How Lightweight Robots can Harvest Cucumbers for you in your Farm

  A prototype of the dual-arm robot system during the first field tests. Credit: © Fraunhofer IPK   Automation-intensive sectorsRead More

Think of honeybees as ‘livestock,’ not wildlife, argue experts

These are commercial honeybee hives in the Teide National Park, Tenerife, Spain. Credit: Alfredo Valido Alfredo Valido  The ‘die-off’ eventsRead More

Worldwide importance of honey bees for natural habitats captured in new report

Global synthesis of data reveals honey bees as world’s key pollinator of non-crop plants                  A honey bee pollinates aRead More

Interconnected benefits of urban agriculture

From a vacant plot in a blighted neighborhood springs neatly combed rows of plants put in by the neighbors. TheyRead More

Experts raise concerns over raw meat diets for cats and dogs

Raw meat diets pose a risk to both animal and human health, they warn Experts are warning dog and catRead More

As climate is warming up, more bird nests are destroyed in Finnish farmland

                         This is a lapwing’s nest on sowed field. Credit: Andrea Santangeli Finnish farmers are adapting to the warming climateRead More

New study shows producers where and how to grow cellulosic biofuel crops

Study including University of Illinois researchers produced a yield map for five energy crops across the US. Credit: D.K. LeeRead More

New ‘Buck’ naked barley: Food, feed, brew

Resilient, hull-free barley flaunts high yields, nutrition Barley Project members at The Plant Variety Showcase (Oct. 12, 2017, Portland, Ore.)Read More

Aid for oceans and fisheries in developing world drops by 30 percent

Sustainable fisheries make good sense for jobs, nutrition, and climate change resilience Financial aid to fisheries in developing countries hasRead More

Agricultural fungicide attracts honey bees

Fungicides are among the top contaminants of honey bee hives and can interfere with the bees’ ability to metabolize otherRead More

New tipping point prediction model offers insights to diminishing bee colonies

Network A: Data from Hicking, Norfold, UK – 62 pollinators, 17 plants and 146 mutualistic interactions. Network B: Data fromRead More

Not just for Christmas: Study sheds new light on ancient human-turkey relationship

For the first time, research has uncovered the origins of the earliest domestic turkeys in ancient Mexico                                         Read More

Global analysis reveals how sharks travel the oceans to find food

“You are what you Eat” Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) breaching in an attack. Credit: © Uryadnikov Sergey / FotoliaRead More

Bees use invisible heat patterns to choose flowers

                             Floral heat patterns from rock rose.  Credit:Read More

Speed breeding technique sows seeds of new green revolution

Pioneering new technology set to accelerate the global quest for crop improvement Speed breeding means that it is now possibleRead More

Biologists uncovers a genetic mechanism that could enhance yield in cereal crops

Precise regulation of plant hormones in early reproductive development as a target for yield increases Solving the world’s food, feedRead More

Radar tracking reveals how bees develop a route between flowers

A bumblebee eats a food reward presented on an artificial flower. Five such feeders each contain 1/5 of the amountRead More

Reductions in individual plant growth sometimes boost community resilience

Tomato plants produce repellent chemicals called volatile organic compounds in response to herbivore attacks. (Stock image) Credit: © slavomir pancevacRead More

Microbes help turn Greek yogurt waste into fuel

This is a photograph of bio-oil, made of caproic acid and caprylic acid, phase separates out at mildly acidic conditions.Read More

Sorghum cultivars can produce thousands of gallons of ethanol

Sweet sorghum is not just for breakfast anymore. Although sorghum is a source for table syrup, scientists see a futureRead More

Converting waste water from dairies to animal feed and aviation fuel

The bio-oil made from acid whey could be used as animal feed or aviation fuel. Credit: Lars Angenent, University ofRead More

Stressed out cocoa trees could produce more flavorful chocolate

Most people agree that chocolate tastes great, but is there a way to make it taste even better? Perhaps, accordingRead More

Chickens Open Wide for Gelatin Bead Vaccine

Making sure all newborn chicks are vaccinated right out of the hatchery isn’t always easy. Some birds may be missedRead More

Ampicillin Resistance Began Years Before Human Use

Rise of ampicillin resistance began years before human use Likely triggered by overuse of penicillins in agriculture in the 1950sRead More

New Stress-Tolerant Rice Varieties Rolled Out for Africa by Rice Experts

The Africa-wide Rice Breeding Task Force, convened by the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice), has recently nominated six varieties with improvedRead More

Research shows How cats and cows protect farm children from asthma

Source: University of Zurich Summary: It is a known fact that microbes on farms protect children from asthma and allergies.Read More

Scientists unlock planthoppers’ potential to control future crop disease outbreaks

Source: eLife Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Zoology have discovered how a severe rice virus reproducesRead More


Breadfruit, used as a folk remedy in pacific regions to control insects, is an effective mosquito repellent, U.S. Department ofRead More


As environmentalists focus on the International Year of Forests, there has been much attention on destructive logging in Africa’s rain-forests,Read More

Fisheries given a solution to overharvesting

 There are fewer fish in the sea literally. Consumer demand and inadequate scientific information has led to overharvesting, reducing fishRead More

The secret lives of ancient land plants

Cracking of the liverwort genome sheds light on land plant evolution                                     Liverwort (stock image). Credit: © adrian sumner /Read More

Vitamin E discovery in maize could lead to more nutritious crop

New research has identified genes that control vitamin E content in maize grain, a finding that could lead to improvingRead More

Tiny bees play big part in secret sex lives of trees

This map shows how bees carried pollen from numerous father trees to a specific mother tree, often traveling from moreRead More

‘Golden’ potato delivers bounty of vitamins A and E

Experimental tuber could cut disease in developing nations, study suggests Golden potatoes, seen at right, are far richer in vitaminsRead More

Genetic discovery another tool in battle against wheat pests

 Greenbug and Hessian fly infestations can significantly reduce wheat yield and quality in Texas and worldwide. Breeding for resistance toRead More

Sun’s role in mitigating fungal disease of mango fruit

Mango fruits play host to some economically damaging fungal diseases, especially during ripening and storage; but mango growers and suppliersRead More

Filling intercropping info gap

Intercropping formula promises food security in Sahel Africa Intercropping of sorghum and groundnut with three rows of groundnut between everyRead More

Breeding highly productive corn has reduced its ability to adapt

 Stuck where they are, plants have to adapt to their environments, responding to stresses like drought or pests by changingRead More

Tomatoes with enhanced antioxidant properties created with genetic engineering

(from left) Dr Wang Mingfu, Professor Chye Mee-len and Dr Liao Pan show tubes containing carotenoid extracts from S359A tomatoRead More

Crunch time for food security

Feelings often run high where insects are concerned, with many people even squeamish to look on them, let alone touchRead More

Pesticides may cause bumble bees to lose their buzz, study finds

Pesticides significantly reduce the number of pollen grains a bumblebee is able to collect, a new University of Stirling studyRead More