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Poster competition for BBSRC funded researchers working on new breeding technologies

Early career researchers funded by BBSRC working on new breeding technologies are invited to enter a poster competition presenting their work in innovative and accessible ways. Winners will be given the unique opportunity to travel to Brussels to present their poster at BBSRC’s event on New Techniques for Genetic Crop Improvement on 12 November 2015. Entries are invited from relevant...
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Boosting crop growth in challenging conditions

A plant's natural response to adverse conditions, such as water shortage, is to slow or even stop their growth completely. Whilst this allows plants to conserve energy this poses a real problem to crop farmers as it can lead to poor yields.    Now a research team led by the University of Durham have discovered a natural mechanism which could boost plant growth even in...
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Turning crop plants into factories for fish oils

Omega 3 oils have long be shown to have benefits for human health, from positive effects on heart health, to modulating immune response and improving neurodevelopment. The only issue is that the particular Omega 3 oils which confer these benefits, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are only found in marine phytoplankton such as marine algae. Fish which consume these...
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New study of preharvest sprouting in wheat is nipping the crop-killing issue in the bud

Researchers at Kansas State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, or USDA-ARS, found and cloned a gene in wheat, named PHS, that prevents the plant from preharvest sprouting. Preharvest sprouting happens when significant rain causes the wheat grain to germinate before harvest and results in significant crop losses. "This is great news...
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Great mystery of a plant defence pathway unravelled

New research findings could provide fresh leads for breeding crops with an improved defence against diseases caused by pathogenic microbes. Together with several partners, scientists from Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) have discovered that RLP-receptors located at the outside of plant cells and playing an important role in plant defence, join forces with other...
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