Agriculture

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    Smarter living for farmers

    Ways to cut losses from predation do more harm than good.

    Farmers have struggled for millennia to protect their livestock from wolves, lions, bears, and other large carnivores...

    Features October 7, 2018
  • Better wine through chemistry

    Taking to the molecular level to make better wine.

    Every time you open a bottle of sparkling wine, you are uncorking a bit of mystery. There is still a lot we don’t kno...

    Agriculture October 4, 2018
  • Gene-tinkering improves maize yield

    Tweaking photosynthesis promises more robust crops.

    Australian and US scientists have found a way to increase maize productivity by targeting the enzyme behind photosynt...

    Agriculture October 2, 2018
  • Bushland and farmland don't always mix

    Relying on natural habitat for pest control doesn’t always work.

    Despite an analysis of the largest dataset of its kind, a simple landscape model for accurate pest control prediction...

    Agriculture August 1, 2018
  • Agriculture arose from surplus, not hunger

    Modelling finds common cause for domestication.

    Modelling historical population densities around the globe between 21,000 and 4000 years ago explains the origins of ...

    Agriculture June 5, 2018
  • Mutant maize

    Tweaking stem cell production may be a path to greater yields.

    The image above shows a tiny, immature ear of maize. It’s no ordinary maize, however: the irregular shape of the tip ...

    Agriculture March 29, 2018
  • Sweeter maize

    A gene from rice can make maize produce more sugar.

    The maize shown above has had a gene from rice added to its genome that regulates the accumulation of sucrose in kern...

    Agriculture February 8, 2018
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