Plant health, production, and products

NCSU Team for Methyl Bromide Helps Growers Maintain Yields While Improving the Ozone Layer

With the help of extension specialists at NC State University, farmers in the Tarheel State are helping to reduce the size of the ozone hole over the South Pole.

Technology to Tend Your Garden

With NIFA funding, researchers at Purdue University created the Purdue Plant Doctor, a suite of apps that offers high-resolution photos to help users identify plant disorders in nearly 200 plants, such as trees, annuals, perennials, and tomatoes.

New Technology Makes Oak Wilt Detection Faster, More Affordable

New technology developed by University of Minnesota (UMN) College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences offers a simple, affordable diagnostic test utilizing nanotechnology and gold.

Improving Fine Wine Grapes

Grapes are the highest-value fruit crop grown in the United States.

Nanocellulose Effects on Human Food Digestion and Health

A team of scientists is conducting studies that will shed light on ways nanotechnology can impact human health.

Computing the End of E. Coli Contamination

Researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) developed the first dynamic systems model to understand the pathway of E. coli in leafy green production. This model simulates the effects of soil, irrigation, cattle, wild pigs, and rainfall on a hypothetical farm.

New Discovery, More Bees Mark Michigan’s First Full Bee Census

The first complete bee census, led by Michigan State University scientists, confirmed a new species and revealed that the actual number of bee species in Michigan exceeded earlier estimates.

Native Plants and Crop Diseases

A new study proves that a common wheat virus can harm native grasses. With Agriculture and Food Research Initiative funding, researchers from Michigan State University, University of Kansas, and University of Virginia revealed the need for a better understanding of virus ecology to help protect native plants from crop diseases.

The Honeycrisp Apple’s Family Tree

Since its release in 1991, the origins of the Honeycrisp apple have been a mystery. Originally billed as the child of Macoun and Honeygold, researchers quickly discovered that neither of these varieties were the parents of Minnesota's favorite apple. Twenty-six years later, Nick Howard discovered the true lineage of the Honeycrisp apple.

Two New Wheat Viruses Found in Oklahoma

Plant viruses are one of the leading causes of yield losses in wheat and other crops. Wheat is the leading crop in Oklahoma and garners more than $600 million in revenue to the state. To help farmers recognize the symptoms of plant viruses, University of Tulsa Plant Virologist/Plant Pathologist Dr. Akhtar Ali led a project to catalog viruses found on Oklahoma wheat.