Plant health, production, and products

The Weevil and the Pheromones

Montana is the number one pea and lentil growing state in the nation.

Blue-bellied Insects May Combat Citrus Greening

The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) is a primary vector for citrus greening, currently one of the most devastating citrus disease worldwide.

From Camelina Oil to Commercial Jet Fuel

The camelina plant, which shows promise as a biofuel because of the oil contained in its seeds, could become an economically feasible alternative to conventional jet fuel.

Wheat Virus in the Great Plains

In 2013,Texas A&M AgriLife researcher Dr. Shuyu Liu received a research grant on plant disease management through the NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.

New Tech for Grape Growers

Researchers at Cornell University Extension’s Lake Erie Regional Grape Program are using sensor technology to increase profitability and sustainability.

Iowa's Master Gardeners Improve Food Security

Across the country, more than 80,000 Master Gardener volunteers educate the public, provide youth programming, and donate produce to local food banks.

KSU Patents Biodegradable Adhesive

Kansas State University researchers have patented the first plant-based resin of its kind that would be ideal for re-adherable painters' tape, labels, packing tapes, stationery notes and other adhesive uses.

Peachy Keen in South Carolina

Fruit specialist Juan Carlos Melgar began trial studies with funding from NIFA’s Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education grant. The results showed that the technique protects the fruit from devastating brown rot, marauding insects like plum curculio, and even hungry birds.

Plant Virus Alters Competition Between Aphid Species

In the world of plant-feeding insects, who shows up first to the party determines the overall success of the gathering; yet viruses can disrupt these intricate relationships, according to researchers at Penn State University.

Groundbreaking Poplar Study Shows Trees Can Be Genetically Engineered Not to Spread

The “containment traits” that Oregon State University (OSU) researchers engineered in the study are important because of societal concerns over gene flow – the spread of genetically engineered or exotic and invasive trees or their reproductive cells beyond the boundaries of plantations.