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ROGUE’s plan includes growing energy crops in “marginal” fields where landowners can’t make much money from food crops. That preserves other land for feeding a population that’s expected to keep growing,

Help Or Hinder? Federal Agencies At Odds Over Biofuels

August 20, 2018 Nebraska Educational Telecommunications

Researchers from the University of Illinois are looking at species that we already use for food as the best bet to boost food security fast.

How Earth’s Most Extreme Environs Are Key to Humanity’s Future

March 13, 2018

Making crop plants more water-use efficient is arguably the greatest challenge for current and future plant scientists.

Scientists engineer crops to conserve water, resist drought

March 6, 2018 DailyMail

This study helps move the debate forward for an under-researched strategy of CO2 removal from the atmosphere – enhanced rock weathering – and highlights supplementary benefits for food and soils.

Farming crops with rocks to reduce CO2 and improve global food security

February 19, 2018 Science Daily

Steve Long been named to the 2017 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers list (highly cited in plant and animal science).

Five Illinois researchers rank among world’s most influential

November 17, 2017 Illinois News Bureau

Vastly expanding sugarcane production in Brazil for conversion to ethanol could reduce current global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 5.6 percent.

Expanding Brazilian sugarcane could dent global CO2 emissions

October 23, 2017

This investment is timely. Annual yield gains are stagnating and means to achieve substantial improvement must be developed now if we are to provide sufficient food for a growing and increasingly urban world population when food production must also adapt sustainably to a changing climate.

UK involved in $45m project to eradicate world hunger by increasing crop yields

September 18, 2017 Farming UK

The research project announced that it will continue work to address the global food challenge with the support of a $45 million, five-year reinvestment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), and the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID).

The time is RIPE to transform agriculture and feed the world

September 15, 2017

Computer-simulated crops help speed up selective breeding, in which plants are chosen and replanted to amplify their desirable traits.

Growing Virtual Plants Could Help Farmers Boost Their Crops

August 18, 2017 Scientific American

The goal is to give plants to farmers that can improve yield and improve food security

Research seeks solutions for climate change, hunger

August 18, 2017 Illinois Farmer Today

Crops such as wheat could be up to 21 percent more efficient at turning the sun’s energy into food

Ray of hope for more abundant wheat crops

August 17, 2017 Science News

RIPE’s real aim is to improve the yields of food crops such as cassava and cowpeas, which are important sources of calories and protein in many poor countries.

To Feed the World, Improve Photosynthesis

August 14, 2017 MIT Technology Review

Pulling out of the agreement means the United States won’t be a leader in the future.

On President Trump’s decision to pull out of accord

June 5, 2017 Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

The 2-degree increase in global average temperatures the Paris agreement aims to avoid would have dramatic effects on the region.

Trump Climate Decision Could Reduce Midwest Food Productivity

June 02, 2017 illinois public media news

Instead of fields of oil pumps, we envision fields of green plants sustainably producing biofuel in perpetuity on our nation’s soil, particularly marginal soil that is not well suited to food production.

Scientists engineer sugarcane to produce biodiesel, more sugar for ethanol

April 4, 2017 Science Daily

This loss of efficiency in lower leaves may costs farmers about 10 percent of potential yield–a cost that will increase as planting density increases.

Crop Achilles’ Heel Costs Farmers 10% of Potential Yield

January 24, 2017 Science Newsline

In field trials, they decreased leaf area by just 5% and still increased yields by 8%.

Soybean plants with fewer leaves yield more

November 18, 2016

This finding offers some rare good news at a time of dire forecasts of future food shortages

Scientists tweak photosynthesis to boost crop yield

November 17, 2016

Using genetic engineering techniques to alter photosynthesis, they increased the productivity of a test plant — tobacco — by as much as 20 percent.

With an Eye on Hunger, Scientists See Promise in Genetic Tinkering of Plants

November 17, 2016 New York Times

Cassava is so important to so many people, yet while we have seen massive efforts to scientifically understand and improve the yields of other crops, in comparison cassava has been neglected.

Researchers root for more cassava research

October 27, 2016

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