Tag: crops

Corn Conundrum

Thursday, June 7th, 2012 | Tags: , , ,

How do you keep destructive insects from developing resistance to the toxins in genetically modified plants – resistance that turns insects into efficient and effective crop-killing machines? In the case of corn plants and the western corn rootworm beetle, you need to more than double the amount of non-toxic corn that is planted around the

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Juicy: Citrus ID Tool Lends Aid to ‘Ade’

Monday, July 18th, 2011 | Tags: ,

When life hands you lemon diseases, make “lemon aid.” That’s the idea behind a new online tool to help identify hosts and potential hosts of diseases that leave a sour taste in the mouth of the multi-billion dollar citrus industry. The first-of-its-kind tool, called Citrus ID, contains photos and physical descriptions of more than 500

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Corn Gene Repels Diseases, or A Dating Game With No Winners

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 | Tags: , , ,

Remember “The Dating Game”? The concept of the show – which first appeared on television in the 1960s – was simple. A woman was separated by partition from three eligible bachelors. She’d ask the men any number of mind-numbing/slightly racy questions and then, based on the quality of the answers, select one of the bachelors

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Thought for Food

Friday, July 16th, 2010 | Tags: , , ,

Could perennial grains help feed a burgeoning world population and make the planet safer at the same time? A policy forum paper in the journal Science, titled “Increased Food and Ecosystem Security via Perennial Grains,” co-authored by NC State crop scientist Jim Holland, makes the case in the affirmative. The gist of the paper is

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