While commercial growers of plants have used increased CO2 to boost production, 30 years’ worth of data from Free-Air Concentration Enrichment facilities shows that yield gains are counteracted by other climate change conditions.
Climate change feels like an unprecedented global challenge. But the truth is, humanity has been here before — approximately 11,000 years ago. That’s when the last Ice Age ended.
Scientists at RIPE have developed a new mathematical computer model to understand and measure how much soybean yield is lost due to light fluctuations on cloudy versus sunny days.
The new M. sacchariflorus plants discovered in Siberia may be even better at turning up production of these enzymes at low temperature.
Steve Long is among those named to the 2018 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list.
By: Lois Yoksoulian | Illinois News Bureau
Federal agencies are at odds when it comes to renewable fuels. Millions of dollars go to research, but the EPA has been accused of holding the industry back. But now that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned, advocates are feeling optimistic.
Adding silicate rocks to farmland could restore soil, protect against pests and disease, and capture CO2, improving global food security
The groundbreaking results of a new British-led study suggested a simple yet profoundly effective way to improve global food supplies and cut down on carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution.
There is a new home for cross-disciplinary research at the interface between plant biology, mathematics and computer science: in silico Plants (isP).
By: Rachel Shekar | in silico Plants
Welcome to the brave new world of food, where scientists are battling a global time-bomb to find new ways to feed the future.
The University received a $10.6 million grant from the Department of Energy to form new methods of creating biofuels that might reduce dependence on oil as a source of fuel.
By: Samantha Boyle || Daily Illini
Agriculture uses 90 percent of the world’s freshwater supply, but this will need to be stretched even further as Earth’s population increases.
‘Major breakthrough’: Genetic modification of single gene could reduce crops’ water use by 25 percent
Researchers unveiled a genetic modification that enables plants to use a quarter less water with scant reduction in yield.
Nigeria is poised to become the first country to release a genetically modified variety of insect-resistant cowpeas to farmers.
Researchers at the University of Illinois are taking the basics of photosynthesis miles farther in Urbana-Champaign test plots and greenhouses — intervening in the process, through which plants use sunlight to produce energy, to create higher yields.
Despite its widespread consumption, cassava yields have not improved in a quarter of a century.
How do you feed 7 billion people? How do you grow that much food? That’s the question that confronts plant biologists. As the world population continues to grow, and change, researchers like RIPE Director Stephen Long are looking for more ways to grow more food, more quickly.
See Steven Long discuss the genetic altering of plants. Photosynthesis, the process by which plants turn sunlight into food, is crucial to crop production and our food systems. What if we could increase the yield of food crops by improving photosynthesis?
By: Andrea Vasquez | SciTech Now
Throughout the growing season seemingly benign clouds pass over millions of acres of crops and inadvertently rob plants of their productivity, costing untold bushels of potential yield. Researchers recently reported in the journal Science that they have engineered a solution and increased the productivity of a crop in the field by 14- 20 percent.