Archive for March, 2015

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  • Study yields insights into how plant cells grow

    A study by Purdue University plant scientists and University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineers advances our understanding of how plants control their shape and development at the cellular level. Their findings could help researchers engineer better cotton fibers, improve plant defense against insects, alter plant architecture and toughen root response to drought. The fine hairs on the underside of this sunflower are trichomes, single-celled structures that can shed light ...

    Posted at March 31, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Study yields insights into how plant cells grow
  • Understanding plants’ immune systems could lead to better tomatoes, roses, rice

    Spring is just around the corner and for millions of Americans, that means planting a garden with plenty of fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes. However, some of the plants will be infected by bacteria, leading to stunted growth and less nutritional value. Now, a University of Missouri research team has uncovered new regulations of defense pathways for plants. This discovery could lead to helping those home-grown tomatoes fight off certain bacteria better and has implications ...

    Posted at March 25, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Understanding plants’ immune systems could lead to better tomatoes, roses, rice
  • Protecting crops from radiation-contaminated soil

    Almost four years after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, farmland remains contaminated with higher-than-natural levels of radiocesium in some regions of Japan, with cesium-134 and cesium-137 being the most troublesome because of the slow rate at which they decay. In a study published in Scientific Reports, a group at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science in Japan led by Ryoung Shin has identified a chemical compound that prevents ...

    Posted at March 20, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Protecting crops from radiation-contaminated soil
  • Fighting Colorado potato beetle with RNA interference

    Colorado potato beetles are a dreaded pest of potatoes all over the world. Since they do not have natural enemies in most potato producing regions, farmers try to control them with pesticides. However, this strategy is often ineffective because the pest has developed resistances against nearly all insecticides. Now, scientists from the Max Planck Institutes of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam-Golm and Chemical Ecology in Jena have shown that potato plants can be protected from ...

    Posted at March 16, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Fighting Colorado potato beetle with RNA interference
  • Harm and response: Plants recognize and respond to different insects

    We often think of damage on a surface level. But for plants, much of the important response to an insect bite takes place out of sight. Over minutes and hours, particular plant genes are turned on and off to fight back, translating into changes in its defenses. In one of the broadest studies of its kind, scientists at the University of Missouri Bond Life Sciences Center recently looked at all plant genes and their response to the ...

    Posted at March 11, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Harm and response: Plants recognize and respond to different insects
  • Agricultural insecticides pose a global risk to surface water bodies, researchers find

    Streams within approximately 40 percent of the global land surface are at risk from the application of insecticides. These were the results from the first global map to be modelled on insecticide runoff to surface waters, which has just been published in the journal Environmental Pollution by researchers from the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the University of Koblenz-Landau together with the University of Milan, Aarhus University and Aachen University. According to the ...

    Posted at March 3, 2015 | By : | Categories : Company News | Comments Off on Agricultural insecticides pose a global risk to surface water bodies, researchers find
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