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New tools to breed cereal crops that survive flooding

BBSRC-funded scientists at The University of Nottingham hope new research could lead to the introduction of cereal crops better able to tolerate flooding. They have identified the mechanism used by plants in stress conditions to sense low oxygen levels and used advanced breeding techniques to reduce yield loss in barley in water-logged conditions. Previously Michael Holdsworth,...
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TGAC and JIC identify new genetic markers to combat yellow rust disease in wheat

A new study has identified genetic markers that signal resistance to the wheat yellow rust pathogen. As the global population soars, there is a heightening pressure on agriculture to produce enough food to satisfy worldwide demand. Wheat is a major crop providing over 20% of the world's calorie and 25% of its protein intake. This vital crop's productivity is threatened by devastating...
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Gene critical to the development of low arsenic plants identified

A discovery could pave the way for a new generation of crops which do not absorb high levels of the poison arsenic. Concerns about arsenic in food have grown in recent years with high concentrations found in rice, fruit juices and even baby food. A naturally occurring element found in soil and water, arsenic has also been used as a pesticide, and is taken up by plants and can then enter...
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AHDB call for applications for Postgraduate Studentship projects

For full details, please visit the following page of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) website - and the text below was also taken from this website: http://www.ahdb.org.uk/vacancies/PhDStudentships.aspx   Applications are now being sought from universities and research institutes for the AHDB studentship programme for projects starting in...
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KISS ME DEADLY proteins may help improve crop yields

US study identifies new regulator for plant hormone signaling Dartmouth College researchers have identified a new regulator for plant hormone signaling -- the KISS ME DEADLY family of proteins (KMDs) – that may help to improve production of fruits, vegetables and grains. The study's results will be published the week of May 27 in the journal   Proceedings of...
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Improving yield strengthening Symbiosis

The recent discovery of PDR1 , protein involved in mediating plant symbiosis with fungi, opens new opportunities to manipulate plant yield.   About 80 per cent of terrestrial plants have symbiotic relationship with soil fungi. The fungi provide the plant with water, important nutrients like phosphate and nitrate, and certain trace elements like zinc; the plant, on the other...
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Improving crops from the roots

University of Nottingham scientist Ive De Smet and colleagues from different research institutions have demonstrated in a study that the root growth of plants can be altered to significantly improve crop growth and yield in different environmental conditions. The researchers modulated the levels of the protein transcription factor WRKY23 in Arabidopsis and analyzed its effects on root...
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