Plant health, production, and products

Florida Tomatoes and Food Safety

Tomatoes are a highly nutritious source of minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients. For the nation to realize the associated benefits, it is important that consumer confidence in the microbial safety of tomatoes remain at a high level.

AgriLife Research Looks at Gene Expressions in Sugarcane Aphid-Resistant Sorghum

Researchers found that seedling sorghum expressed significantly more genes involved in natural plant resistance to pests than older sorghum.

Wild Wheat Relative Genes to Aid in Battle Against Trio of Pests

A team of Texas A&M Agrilife Research scientists is going high tech to fight Wheat curl mite.

Agriculture Thrives in Virginia

The network Agricultural Research and Extension Centers around Virginia help the Commonwealth’s number one industry — agriculture — thrive.

Beneficial Insects and Pollinators in Nebraska

In 2018, Nebraska Extension reached 1,475 people at five pollinator and bee-focused community events, including Lincoln Bee Fun Day, Apple Jack Festival in Nebraska City, Pollinator Palooza, Brews & Bees, and Wild Adventure at Pioneer Park.

Collaborative Research Sheds Light on Plants

With climate variability increasingly common, crop plants, such as corn, are frequently exposed to environmental stresses caused by drought and excess heat.

Solving the Mystery of Fertilizer Loss from Midwest Cropland

Farmers cannot predict their annual corn harvest with certainty, but with the help of new research from Michigan State University (MSU), they can now pinpoint specific parts of their fields that consistently produce either good or bad yields.

Phenols in Purple Corn Fight Diabetes and Obesity in Mouse Cells

Scientists at the University of Illinois (U of I) have developed new hybrids of purple corn containing different combinations of phytochemicals that may fight obesity, inflammation, and diabetes, according to a new study in mice.

Ramping Up for Home Harvesting

North Carolina State University Extension continued its Backyard Ramp Patch Project, giving out more than 15,000 ramp bulbs to the community to establish their own resources and lessen the impact of overharvesting native stocks.

Over Clover

Researchers at Utah State University determined that a cover crop of clover seeded with an irrigated wheat crop outcompeted weeds and had no detrimental effect on wheat growth and development.