LATEST NEWS & EVENTS
LATEST NEWS & EVENTS
LATEST NEWS & EVENTS
Scientists find way to surgically strike out weeds that impede crop growth
By using a combination of fumigants, scientists believe they can surgically strike out some weeds that otherwise get in the way of vegetable growth. Researchers say this will help growers as they try to manage pests in areas where they cause the most trouble.
Farming robots get to grips with weeding at Harper Adams
Researchers at Harper Adams University in Shropshire are trying to sow, look after and then harvest a field of barley using only robots and autonomous vehicles. No humans are allowed into the pilot-plot at all.
New antibiotic resistance genes found in soil microbes
Farm soil harbors abundant genes related to antibiotic resistance in microbes, including some that have never been identified in human pathogens, according to a study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Unusual soybean colouration sheds a light on gene silencing
Today's soybeans are typically golden yellow, with a tiny blackish mark where they attach to the pod. In a field of millions of beans, nearly all of them will have this look. Occasionally, however, a bean will turn up half-black, with a saddle pattern similar to a black-eyed pea. New research indicates why.
Ten trends in academic publishing
Our Editorial Director, Francis Dodds, has written a blog on the Independent Publishers Guild website, discussing key sector developments in the academic publishing industry.
World Milk Day 2017
Did you know that today is World Milk Day? Supported by the Global Dairy Platform, the event aims to celebrate the important contributions of the dairy sector to sustainability, economic development, livelihoods and nutrition.
Photo: Drop Farm
British Tomato Week Competition
Did you know this week is British Tomato Week? To celebrate, we're running a competition all week on our Twitter account to give one lucky follower the chance to win our recently published tomatoes book - all in partnership with the @British Tomato Growers Association!
Rice plant engineered with a ‘tunable’ immune system could fight multiple diseases at once
Farmers are constantly spraying pesticides on their crops to combat an array of viral, bacterial, and fungal invaders. Most attempts to get around these chemicals so far confer protection against a single disease, but now researchers have developed a rice plant that fights multiple pathogens at once—without loss to the crop yield—by hooking up a tunable amplifier to the plant’s immune system.
Celebrating Fascination of Plants Day
Today (18th May), is Fascination of Plants Day and we've teamed up with the Global Plant Council to run a competition on Twitter to celebrate the day!
We're offering one lucky follower the chance to win one of our books from our crops collection.
Farmers warn April's cold snap could lead to a shortage of British fruit
April's chilly weather may lead to a UK-wide shortage of apples, pears and plums, farmers have revealed.
A senior member of the National Farmers' Union (NFU) who grows her own apples has said last month's cold snap damaged many growers' fruit at a crucial point in development.
Pig behaviour linked to sanitary conditions and diets
There is a connection between damaging behaviour in pigs, sanitary conditions and diet formulations. How exactly, was presented by Dutch researchers recently.
Genetics to boost sugarcane production
Scientists in Brazil are taking steps towards genetically modifying sugar cane so it produces more sucrose naturally, looking to eventually boost the productivity and economic benefits of the tropical grass.
UK crops at risk if neonicotinoids are restricted says new research from Rothamsted
Production of UK crops is at risk if neonicotinoids are more widely restricted or banned completely, according to the agricultural science institute Rothamsted Research.
How agricultural technology can adapt in a warming world
Climate-smart agriculture involves pursuing sustainable productivity increases while implementing climate adaptation strategies and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to achieve food security. Find out how climate-smart agriculture is being used across the globe today.
Why the future of dairy may begin with cows in headsets
A recent study undertaken by Arla, Smart Dairy 2025, has explored the future of dairy production and consumption. 'Precision agriculture' is set to be a key driving force in the future of the industry, with even the opportunity of wearable tech for animals.
Burleigh Dodds at the WPSA Spring Meeting
Last week was host to the UK Branch, World Poultry Science Association's Spring Meeting. Burleigh Dodds had plenty of material for delegates to find out more about our poultry publications and also provided prizes, which were presented to the lucky winners at the event!
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Secrets of tea plant revealed by science
Botanists have unlocked the genetic secrets of the plant prized for producing tea.
A team in China has decoded the genetic building blocks of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, whose leaves are used for all types of tea, including black, green and oolong.
Managing herbicide resistance in soybeans
Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator Nebraska Extension in Platte County, has offered his advice on timing and management practices that can help improve control of herbicide resistant weeds this year.
Sat nav for bread wheat uncovers hidden genes
Over two billion people worldwide rely on wheat as a staple food, but attempts to sequence its genome have been thwarted by its complexity. Scientists have now developed new methods, creating the most complete picture to date including over 20,000 genes completely absent from earlier assemblies or found only as fragments.
Modified sugarcane provides hope for future biofuel production
Scientists have genetically engineered sugarcane to produce oil in leaves and stems to increase potential yield.
The modified sugarcane also produces more sugar, providing raw materials for ethanol production. These dual purpose crops are estimated have double the profitability of corn per acre and more than five times that of soybeans.
Good quality water: An essential nutrient for dairy cows
An improved water quality leads to an increased milk production and better animal health in dairy cattle. However, water is often an overlooked nutrient. A new study looked at novel ways to remove the biofilm and microorganism from the drinking water system.