A delegation of about 90 representatives of U.S. agriculture concluded three days of meetings in Cuba with government officials and farmers on Wednesday. The U.S. ag representatives were trying to establish the possibility of expanded trade with the island nation.
Rigorous analysis of the structures of thousands of plant proteins by Tetsuya Sakurai and colleagues from the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science has led to the construction of a database that will help scientists identify the functions of more plant genes*.
A recent study simulated a side-by-side comparison of the yields and costs of producing ethanol using miscanthus, switchgrass, and corn residue. The fast-growing energy grass miscanthus was the clear winner.
The soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is the most pervasive plant pest in agriculture. University of Illinois researchers have developed a system to test for the nematode that is approximately 20 times faster than current technology and provides more precise data than existing solutions.