Bioenergy, natural resources, and environment
3-D Crop Imaging Helps Farmers Estimate Plant Height
Drones may soon help plant breeders and agronomists save time and money.
Pumpkin Genomes Sequenced, Reveals Uncommon Evolutionary History
For some, pumpkins conjure carved Halloween decorations, but for many people around the world, these gourds provide nutrition.
Aphids Use Sight to Avoid Deadly Bacteria, Could Lead to Pest Control
Pea aphids, a serious agricultural pest, have the ability to see and avoid common, aphid-killing bacteria on plant leaves, according to a new Cornell University study.
Ogallala Water CAP Team Releases Special Issue Report
The NIFA-funded Ogallala Water Coordinated Agriculture Project has released a special issue about the Ogallala aquifer region.
From Slime to Fuel and Medicine
Plant biologists and biochemists from University of California at Berkeley and other partners have produced a gold mine of data by sequencing the genome of a type of green algae called Chromochloris zofingiensis (C. zofingiensis) with funding from NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) grant program.
Making a Refuge for Crops
A study at North Carolina State University (NCSU) revealed a significant shortfall in the amount of refuge cropland being planted in North Carolina, likely increasing the rate at which pests evolve the ability to eat Bt crops.
eDNA Tool Detects Invasive Clams Before They Become a Nuisance
The University of Illinois-led team of Rice University, University of Notre Dame, and University of Nevada at Reno used environmental DNA (eDNA) to detect invasive clams in California and Nevada lakes.
New Hampshire's Bees
The New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station recently completed a study of the state’s local bee population and discovered more than 100 bee species, including 20 that were previously undocumented in the state.
Parasitoids May Control Emerald Ash Borer Population
Researches at University of Kentucky’s Forest Entomology Lab have discovered a closely related native ash borer species that is kept in check by natural enemies, parasitoids. Researchers are investigating whether the native parasitoid can discover and control the invasive emerald ash borer.
The Link Between Pig Production and Quality
With NIFA funding, researchers at North Carolina A&T State University examined how different production systems affect the growth rate and meat quality of different breeds of pigs, including pure Berkshire pigs Hereford, Tamworth, and crossbred pigs.