Many soybean varieties have a naturally occurring genetic resistance to the soybean cyst nematode, a major pest affecting the crop. The number of copies of the resistance gene varies among cultivars; a new method is able to efficiently quantify this variation for the first time.
- New method provides a tool to develop nematode resistant soybean varieties
- It's a boy: Controlling pest populations with modified males
- Cultivating soybeans to combat the kudzu bug
- Pesticides used to help bees may actually harm them
- How tomatoes resist a parasitic vine
- To save water on lawns, throw some shade
- Q-biotype whitefly expands to eight Florida counties
- New method tells growers more about citrus decay
- Protecting grapes from pests by boosting their natural immunity
- Nanotech extends shelf life of fresh fruit
Oct 11, 2016
Sep 6, 2016
Populations of New World screwworm flies -- devastating parasitic livestock pests in Western Hemisphere tropical regions -- could be greatly suppressed with the introduction of male flies that produce only males when they mate.
Aug 19, 2016
A few strains of wild soy are able to fight the kudzu bug by limiting the ability of its nymphs, or young, to survive. The next step is to identify which gene gives the soybeans this defense mechanism.
Aug 11, 2016
Honeybees from chlorothalanil-treated hives showed the greatest change in gut microbiome, a new study has concluded. The discovery is a concern because alterations can affect the gut's ability to metabolize sugars and peptides, processes that are vital for honeybee health.
Aug 4, 2016
Tomato plants deter attacks from a parasitic plant that's known to ravage crops by detecting one of its peptides, a new study reveals.
Jul 26, 2016
How much water does your lawn really need? A study re-evaluated lawn watering recommendations by measuring water use by lawns in Los Angeles.
Jul 18, 2016
Q-biotype whitefly is expanding across Florida, say investigators. Crops that could eventually be affected include tomatoes, squash, beans, watermelons and many other vegetables and ornamentals.
Jul 8, 2016
With citrus growers trying to save their groves in the wake of the deadly greening disease, a researcher has found a new technique that could help growers answer a vexing question – why so much fruit is dropping to the ground prematurely.
Jun 27, 2016
Scientists report that shining short-wavelength ultraviolet light (UV-C) on grapes right before harvest boosts levels of the fruits’ own disease-fighting compounds, which could reduce the need for pesticides.
Jun 20, 2016
An international research team is developing nanotechnology-based applications of hexanal, a natural plant extract that extends the storage life of harvested fruit.