To better grow veggies, identify their microbe buddies?

New research identifies nearly 300 species of microorganisms that grow together with common Asian vegetables.

National University of Singapore • futurity
March 3, 2021 ~5 min

These fruit flies get picky about where they lay eggs

The invasive spotted wing drosophila prefers to lay its eggs in places that no other fruit flies have visited. How it knows could help with pest control.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Feb. 17, 2021 ~5 min

These fruit flies get picky about where they lay eggs

The invasive spotted wing drosophila prefers to lay its eggs in places that no other fruit flies have visited. How it knows could help with pest control.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Feb. 17, 2021 ~5 min

Global farming emissions threaten Paris Agreement goals

Global farming emissions threaten the goals of the Paris Climate Accord, researchers report. But there are opportunities to turn things around.

Brian Bell-UC Irvine • futurity
Jan. 29, 2021 ~6 min

Gene edit could get oil from plant leaves

New research with CRISPR suggests vegetable oil could come from the leaves of plants like sorghum or soybeans.

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri • futurity
Dec. 18, 2020 ~4 min

Vanilla genome may lead to better beans

Researchers have sequenced the DNA of a variety of vanilla plants with hopes the information can help create tougher, better crops.

Lourdes Rodriguez • futurity
Dec. 15, 2020 ~6 min

How pigs and manure helped bring down East Germany

The author of a new book argues that pig farming and manure pollution played a significant role in the end of Communism in East Germany.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester • futurity
Nov. 19, 2020 ~13 min

Diversifying crops is a ‘win-win’

Farms with more diverse crops can benefit the environment while not sacrificing yields, new research finds. In many cases, yields went up, in fact.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Nov. 12, 2020 ~5 min

New type of soil waters plants by itself

New self-watering soil that pulls water from the air to feed it to plants could help people grow crops in places with sandy soil.

Nat Levy-UT Austin • futurity
Nov. 3, 2020 ~5 min

New type of soil waters plants by itself

New self-watering soil that pulls water from the air to feed it to plants could help people grow crops in places with sandy soil.

Nat Levy-UT Austin • futurity
Nov. 3, 2020 ~5 min

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