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Natural use of biology to control disease in crops is the Holy Grail of agriculture, and a team of young researchers has found a way of easing cereals’ risks from a deadly root pathogen.
22 May 2018
Spraying weeds with chemicals has always been costly. Now it is costly and ineffective, with resistance to herbicides pervasive and demanding a new strategy to protect crops.
12 Feb 2018
For the first time, researchers have isolated a natural resistance gene to Septoria, Europe’s most economically damaging wheat disease and a fungal threat to wheat crops globally.
Rapid studies of a pest infestation of salad onions and leeks have confirmed that one of the few treatments available to UK growers to protect their crops no longer works effectively.
A promising technique that makes maize more productive even in droughts has now been unpicked and looks set to do the same for a range of other crops, including wheat and rice.
07 Feb 2018
Milk consumption globally is due to increase 60% over the 40 years to 2050, with major exporters in the EU, New Zealand and the US struggling to meet the demand sustainably.
Despite warnings and manufacturers' efforts to minimise the accumulation of acrylamide in food, Europe plans tougher measures to control this “processing contaminant”.
06 Feb 2018