David Drag: Cultivating Food Security

David Drag is not a stranger to hard work; everyday in the field or greenhouse presents a new challenge. “Sensors need to be cleaned, plants need to be watered and harvested—greenhouse work is a full time job,” he says.

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Making nature more efficient

For 40 years Steve Long has been doing ground-breaking work - at molecular, biochemical and physiological level - in the lab and the field, and on the computer.

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The 21st Show: GMO safety report

RIPE researcher Don Ort discusses public perception of GMOs in the wake of a recent report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, which states GMOs are safe.

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One crop breeding cycle from starvation

In the race against world hunger, we’re running out of time. By 2050, the global population will have grown and urbanized so much that we will need to produce 87 percent more of the four primary food crops – rice, wheat, soy, and maize – than we do today.

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Future fare tipped to be GM, GE, ‘organic’ or none as shortages compound

One of the longest running, loudest and bitterest debates about food in modern times centres on the relative virtues of genetically modified and organic crops.

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Liana Acevedo-Siaca: Utilizing rice to achieve food security

Acevedo-Siaca named U.S. Borlaug Fellow in Global Food Security at International Rice Research Institute.

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Giant reed is a photosynthetic outlier, study finds

Arundo donax, a giant reed that grows in the Mediterranean climate zones of the world, isn’t like other prolific warm-weather grasses, researchers report.

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Climate scientists warn rising temperatures will affect crop yield, threaten global food security

Despite record-high yields of corn and soybean across the United States in 2014, climate scientists warn that rising temperatures and future extreme weather soon may put in danger crop yields such as those recently experienced.

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Enzymes with the potential to increase wheat yields

Wheat yields could be significantly increased thanks to varieties with a superior form of a common enzyme, according to new RIPE research.

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Molecular method promises to speed development of food crops

Modern plant breeders wait weeks or months, not centuries, to discover what the literal fruits of their labors might be; now, a study led has explored the strengths of a molecular method that reduces this wait time to a few days.

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