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The 125 Million-Year Evolutionary Puzzle of Crop Genetics

Researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory identified key differences in gene regulation between tomato and Arabidopsis thaliana plants, which could explain challenges in crop engineering. This breakthrough, revealing how mutations affect plant growth and development, highlights the importance of understanding genetic regulation to enhance predictability and efficiency in agriculture. Credit: SciTechDaily.comPlant genomics has come a long way since Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) helped sequence the first plant…

Algae-gene-boosted crop plants grow better by using more light

Thanks to a recent discovery regarding marine algae, scientists have developed crop plants that absorb a fuller spectrum of sunlight, resulting in better growth. The finding could also lead to increased production of biofuels.Because seawater absorbs the red spectrum of sunlight fairly close to the surface, marine algae are left to make do with the blue-green spectrum that reaches down to them. In order to use that light to perform photosynthesis, they produce a special blue-green-light-absorbing chlorophyll known as…

Bio-liquid repellent that helps the farmer save the crop from animal attack

Mivipro Products Private Limited, founded on December 4, 2019, in the colourful and vibrant city of Erode, Tamil Nadu, has emerged as a beacon of innovation dedicated to resolving the longstanding issue of man-animal conflict in agricultural lands. They were selected under Krishi Mangal’s second edition cohort, a scale-up accelerator program launched in 2021 by Cisco and Social Alpha to support start-ups in agriculture. The primary challenge that Mivipro addresses is the rampant damage caused by various wild animals,…

Widespread Prevalence of Banned Crop Chemical In US Food Supply Sparks Concerns : ScienceAlert

A chemical used in agriculture around the world is tightly regulated in the United States, but a preliminary study suggests it could be widespread in the country's food supply anyway.Scientists at the controversial US nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) found the chemical chlormequat in four out of five urine samples collected from people living in the US. It's unclear what impact this chemical could have on human health, and the authors say we need to know more.It's important to note the EWG has been criticized…

Dharaksha Ecosolutions Addresses Crop Residue Burning and Plastic Pollution with its Biodegradable Packaging Material

Dharaksha Ecosolutions, a Faridabad-based start-up, specializes in mycelium-based biodegradable packaging. It is among the seven revenue-generating start-ups selected under Cisco and Social Alpha’s Krishi Mangal second edition cohort, a scale-up accelerator program launched in 2021 to support start-ups in agriculture and allied livelihoods. The worsening Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi NCR and other Northern Indian cities is part of the yearly news cycle. One of the major contributors to this issue is emissions from…

Boosting Crop Yields and Strengthening Plant Vigor

Research reveals that treating seedlings with ethylene in darkness, followed by light exposure, enhances their growth and stress tolerance. This method, first observed in Arabidopsis thaliana, also applies to crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, and wheat. Credit: SciTechDaily.comTreating seedlings with ethylene in the dark, followed by light, enhances growth and stress resistance in plants, presenting a significant advancement in agricultural practices.Exposing seedlings to ethylene in darkness can significantly enhance their…

A Data Science Course Project About Crop Yield and Price Prediction I’m Still Not Ashamed Of

Even from the perspective of an experienced Data ScientistPreview image (by author)Hello, dear reader! During these Christmas holidays, I experienced a feeling of nostalgia for the past student years. That’s why I decided to write a post about a student project that was done almost four years ago as a project on the course “Methods and models for Multivariate data analysis” during my Master’s degree in ITMO University.Disclaimer: I decided to write this post for two reasons:to share an approach to organizing university…

Experimental system uses microwaves to cook crop pests in soil

Just like any other organisms, crop-destroying soil microbes die if they get too hot. With that fact in mind, scientists have developed a new system in which soil-heating microwaves are used to kill such pests. The technology could one day replace the use of environmentally harmful pesticides.Developed by Dr. Sunshin Jung and colleagues at the Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI), the setup incorporates a proprietary antenna that emits microwaves down into the soil.By selectively increasing or decreasing the…

Why biocement could become America’s next big bumper crop

The Bio-Block Spiral is a small, short wall, but it may be a bulwark against a giant threat: climate change. The curved, mud-colored structure is part of the current Chicago Architecture Biennial, entitled “Rehearsing the Future.” Unlike the artists’ installations filling the city’s downtown exhibit halls, the Bio-Block Spiral rises as a tight 15-foot-tall circle of concrete blocks outside the entrance to an office building that’s away from the action. Perhaps that’s because the wall’s chief creators aren’t artists.…

Here’s the cream of the crop from the Day of the Devs Game Awards stream

Day of the Devs is awesome. It’s a showcase that pops up to promote promising, in-progress indie games, irrespective of publisher, genre, budget, visual style or release window. It’s curated by the folks at Double Fine and iam8bit, and they’ve been hosting Day of the Devs live events and digital showcases for the past 11 years.The latest Day of the Devs celebration wrapped up on December 6, the day before The Game Awards, and it featured 20 marvelous and strange independent projects. The virtual show included a few world…