LATEST NEWS & EVENTS
LATEST NEWS & EVENTS
LATEST NEWS & EVENTS
Gene-edited corn has nutrients usually found in meat
Scientists at Rutgers University in New Jersey and China’s Sichuan Academy of Agricultural Sciences have come up with a way to improve the nutritional value of corn using smart gene-editing technology.
Scientists claim to have invented 'giant rice' that stands over seven feet tall as they look for ways to feed growing population
A new kind of rice that can grow as tall as 2.2 meters (7ft 2in) has been introduced. The so-called 'giant rice' is expected to feed more people as scientists claimed its yield could be 50 per cent higher than ordinary rice, according to a report on China's People's Daily Online today.
Soil health collaboration to be launched in Parliament
A new collaboration with an interest in soil health and an aim to improve it will be launched in UK Parliament this October.
Bananas could face distinction due to the spread of deadly fungus
Bananas have many health benefits and are one of the most widely consumed fruits across the globe. The resurgence of a deadly fungus, however, could mean we soon face losing them altogether.
Genetic manipulation studies examine chick sexing potential
Research is underway in Edinburgh on the sex-determining mechanisms in the chick, which could have major societal impacts for birds and mammals, including humans.
Researchers use genomics to accelerate wheat variety development
A team of breeders and geneticists at Kansas State University and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, or CIMMYT, has come up with a new approach to determine if new varieties of bread wheat will have what it takes to make better bread.
Researchers work on drought-tolerant maize for Africa
In Zimbabwe, researchers say they are breeding maize that is drought and heat resistant as part of efforts to fight hunger across Africa, where maize is a staple food.
Global methane emissions from agriculture larger than reported, according to new estimates
Global methane emissions from agriculture are larger than estimated due to the previous use of out-of-date data on carbon emissions generated by livestock, according to a study published in the open access journal Carbon Balance and Management.
UK breeds at risk from exotic animal disease outbreaks
The Government has created a list of native farm animal breeds considered to be at particular risk of an outbreak of exotic disease.
Sheep gene study may help breed healthier animals
Fresh insights into the genetic code of sheep could aid breeding programmes to improve their health and productivity. Scientists have mapped which genes are turned on and off in the different tissues and organs in a sheep's body. Their findings shed new light on the animal's complex biology, including insight into the function of genes linked to immunity and meat quality.
The world’s bananas are under attack
Banana are being threatened by a number of diseases, and could suffer more as climate change encourages those pathogens to spread. Banana fields around the world are under siege from a deadly fungus, while a bacterial disease is devastating plantations in East Africa. These most troubling ailments cause any banana plant they touch to wilt and die, which is causing researchers to worry about the future of the fruit.
UK regains avian influenza-free status
Defra has said Britain now meets the international requirements to once again declare itself free from avian influenza, which will open trade once again with third countries.
Calcium to phosphorus ratio in pig diets established by new study
The amount of digestible calcium included in pig diets has a direct impact on phosphorus digestibility, but the optimum ratio between the two minerals has not yet been found. In a recent study from the University of Illinois, scientists have established a first approximation of that ratio for 25 to 50 kilogram pigs.
Report says farm tech becoming 'increasingly intelligent'
Robots in agriculture are becoming uncaged, mobile, collaborative and increasingly intelligent, moving beyond their traditional strongholds to bring automation to previously inaccessible tasks, according to a new report.
Herd screening project launched in Wales to tackle 'widespread' BVD problem
The first herd screening project in Wales has been launched as part of the Welsh government’s multi-million pound bid to eradicate Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD).
Growing virtual plants could help farmers boost their crops
What if farmers could grow sugarcane in a matter of seconds, not days or weeks? Scientists are doing just that. Of course, these crops are not sprouting from soil. Instead they flourish on a computer screen.
Leading scientists call for unified approach to plant and animal breeding
Unifying the approaches to plant and animal breeding through the use of genomic selection is crucial to achieving global food security, according to a team of world leading scientists.
Egg producers urged to be ready to protect from 'year round' bird flu threat
Egg producers are now being warned to be ready to protect themselves from the threat of avian influenza all year round, following confirmation of AI in a wild swan last month.
Researchers model ways to control deadly maize disease
Researchers have used mathematical modelling to develop techniques to combat two co-infecting viruses causing maize lethal necrosis (MLN) in Kenya.
Survival of soil organisms is a wake-up call for biosecurity
Tiny creatures in soil that attack plants have the ability to survive for at least three years stored in dry conditions, showed a recent study. Furthermore, they were found to still be able to invade plant roots.
When it comes to walking, pigs learn super fast
Pigs learn how to walk extremely rapidly – they usually master the art of walking within 8 hours after birth. That is the outcome of Belgian research.
Scientists sequence a whole genome to identify a plant species within hours
In a paper published today in Scientific Reports , researchers at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, detail for the first time the opportunities for plant sciences that are now available with portable, real-time DNA sequencing.
Professor Jean-François Hocquette discusses Burleigh Dodds
We're delighted to have Prof. Jean-François Hocquette including information on some of our current and upcoming livestock titles in his presentation at the 63rd International Congress of Meat Science & Technology.
Researchers introduce new technology to speed up cassava multiplication
Scientists are now using Semi-Autotrophic Hydroponics (SAH) technology to speed up the propagation of clean cassava planting materials.
Plant scientists plan massive effort to sequence 10,000 genomes
Hopes of sequencing the DNA of every living thing on Earth are taking a step forward with the announcement of plans to sequence at least 10,000 genomes representing every major clade of plants and eukaryotic microbes.
Scientists create new pesticide-free tomato varieties
Scientists in France have created two new varieties of tomatoes, with an attractive colour, shape, and melt-in-the-mouth taste, and which do not require pesticides to thrive.
Researchers at the Institut National de la Recherche Agroalimentaire (Inra) presented the two new varieties after 10 years of work, in a bid to create tomatoes with a strong flavour and a round and colourful appearance.
Scientists call for global crop network to help combat food insecurity
A group of internationally renowned crop scientists have called for a new global crop network which will help tackle pressing issues affecting food security across the world.
African Swine Fever has now reached Romania
African Swine Fever (ASF) continues to pop up in more countries in the European Union. A few weeks ago, the 1st outbreak in the Czech Republic was reported and now the wild boar population in Romania is also affected.
New and novel technologies successfully demonstrated in soilborne disease study
Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS), a prominent soilborne disease of soybean, can be devastating. In a new Phytobiomes journal article, titled "Unraveling Microbial and Edaphic Factors Affecting the Development of Sudden Death Syndrome in Soybean," Srour, et al. show the scientific community a new way of analyzing the soil to determine the incidence and the severity of SDS: by profiling not only the soil's physical and chemical properties, but the soil's microbes.
Cows milked by robots are calmer, research suggests
Cows milked by robotic systems are much calmer than those milked in conventional milking parlour setups, according to one PhD student’s research.
Burleigh Dodds at Fourth International Horticulture Research Conference
We've been delighted to be exhibiting at the Fourth International Horticulture Research Conference this week. Over the course of the event we've been sharing more information on our crops titles, particularly 'Achieving sustainable cultivation of tomatoes' and 'Achieving sustainable cultivation of apples'.
Dr Kate Evans in The Guardian
We were delighted to see Editor of our apples book, Dr Kate Evans, featured in an article on The Guardian website for her work on the 'cosmic crisp' apple.
The apples that need shading from the sun
Everyone knows that too much sun is bad for them, but it's not just people who need to worry about sunburn. Too much heat is becoming a big problem for South African apple farmers.
Whole-genome sequenced rice mutant resource for the study of biofuel feedstocks
The first whole-genome sequence of a mutant population of Kitaake, a model variety of rice, has now been reported by researchers
British Tomato Week Winner receives prize
We were delighted to be sent this photo from winner of our British Tomato Week competition, Paul Twigg, who received his prize of our newly released book, 'Achieving sustainable cultivation of tomatoes'.
Congratulations again Paul, we hope you enjoy the book!
Image analysis and artificial intelligence will change dairy farming
An early detection method for cow lameness (hoof disease), a major disease of dairy cattle, has now been developed from images of cow gait with an accuracy of 99 percent or higher by applying human gait analysis.
Potato virus pressure highest in 10 years
Latest reports from AHDB Aphid News show that the number of aphids, which cause devastating potato viruses, are the highest recorded in the last 10 years.
Genetically engineered rice with high levels of iron and zinc is developed
A transdisciplinary group of scientists has succeeded in increasing iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn) levels in rice through biofortification - a breakthrough in the global fight against micronutrient deficiency or “hidden hunger.” Their research was recently published in Nature‘s Scientific Reports.
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.