It’s an ancient fruit, but the avocado has been brought into the new millennium with the publication of its draft genome, which may be the key to improvements in future crops.
By replacing meat with protein-conserving plant alternatives Americans could satisfy key nutritional requirements, while eliminating pastureland use and reducing 35-50% of the cropland currently needed for food production. These findings are reported in a modelling study in Scientific Reports, which suggests that use of nitrogen…
Allora farmers David and Tanya Peters planted new imidazolinone-tolerant grain sorghum for the first time last summer, and not only did it offer them the option of in-crop weed control, it was their highest yielding sorghum variety.
The genetic ancestry of French grapevines is revealed in a paper published online in Nature Plants. The research indicates that some grape varieties cultivated hundreds of years ago are still in use today.
For the first time, Australia’s grape and wine sector knows with a high degree of accuracy not only that it has 146,128 hectares under vine, but also the locations of the plantings, following the completion of the first National Vineyard Scan, funded by Wine Australia.