The Hunt for Genetically Engineered Organisms
Similar to a Star Trek Tricorder device, physicists and biologists at the University of Notre Dame, Rice University, and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in New York have teamed up to develop a field-ready device to detect the genetic or protein signature of genetically engineered (GE) organisms in the environment.
New App Makes it Easier for Farmers to Identify, Manage Corn Ear Rots, Mycotoxins
Current tools make it impossible for U.S. corn growers to guarantee that their crop will contain acceptable levels of mycotoxins, such as aflatoxins and fumonisins. Corn ear rots occur when certain fungi infect corn. Several of those fungi produce mycotoxins, which can be harmful to livestock and humans if contaminated grain is used in livestock feed or human food products.
Plants in Outer Space
NIFA support for multistate research projects at land-grant universities brings together scientists and extension specialists to develop controlled environment technologies that allow food to grow in harsh climates – like space.