Scientists have uncovered the origins of the world’s deadliest strain of cereal rust disease which threatens global food security.
Plants make sugars to form leaves to grow and produce grains and fruits through the process of photosynthesis, but sugar accumulation can also slow down photosynthesis. Researching how sugars in plants control photosynthesis is therefore an important part of finding new ways of improving crop…
A new Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA) collaboration is set to supercharge the north’s horticultural industry – by encouraging more producers to invest in protected cropping systems.
Wheat makes up about one fifth of our daily calories, and the demand for cereals is expected to grow significantly by 2050, especially in developing countries.
A University of Queensland-led study has revealed that future demand for ethanol biofuel could potentially expand sugarcane farming land in Brazil by five million hectares by 2030.
Field pea production could become a more viable option for growers, with researchers from the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) investigating a simple and cost-effective method for reducing disease and increasing yield.
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…