Star Trek Tricorder inspired, technology detects GMOs in the wild

In Texas, Rice University scientists are leading an effort to detect genetically modified organisms in the environment. The researchers are building tools to detect, quantify...

Enhanced soybeans with 36% more seeds, doubled nitrogen fixation: research

In Washington, Washington State University biologist Mechthild Tegeder developed a way to dramatically increase the yield and quality of soybeans. Her greenhouse-grown soybean plants fix...

Sorghum and Barley Get Married – How Adding a Barley Gene to Sorghum Is...

In Iowa, biofortification in sorghum is helping increase the body’s absorption of beta-carotene which is converted to Vitamin A. This is especially helpful for...

Genetic Study of Soil Microbes May Offer Help for Climate Change

In New Hampshire, scientists at the University of New Hampshire received $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of...

Precision Ag Data Start-ups Growing in Number

In California, the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology now has 24 startup companies under its wing, compared to only six in December...

Granular Ag Using Data Analysis to Find Hidden Farm Costs

In California, Granular Ag, a data focused farm management company, is helping farmers figure out what to do with all the new data they...

New renewable plastics from wood waste developed by Fraunhofer Institute

In Germany, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology researchers developed a pathway to the synthesis of polyamides from terpenes, a side stream of...

ARPA-E’s energy crop scanner improves data speeds 70X

In Arizona, the Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture group of the Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy office has built a scanner that...

WSU researchers find new method to separate lignin from wood

In Washington, Washington State University researchers used a new type of solvent to separate lignin from wood without altering its key properties – a...

NCBiotech receives $1.87M USDA/DOE grant to lead SE sorghum initiative

In North Carolina, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center received a $1.87 million federal grant for a three-year study of the production of sorghum as...

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