Agricultural Science

Professor Gerald Reeck – The Molecular World of Aphid Feeding

Professor Gerald Reeck – The Molecular World of Aphid Feeding

Professor Gerald Reeck and his team at Kansas State University are investigating the molecular basis of aphid herbivory, including suppression of plant defences, using powerful methods of molecular genetics. This research is important for developing new aphid-pest...

AFCERC: The Agribusiness, Food & Consumer Economics Research Center

AFCERC: The Agribusiness, Food & Consumer Economics Research Center

  Research investigating the economic, social, psychological and physiological factors that influence consumers’ food choices can help in gaining a better understanding of how individuals select particular foods. The Agribusiness, Food, and Consumer Economics...

Dr Chad Dechow – The Dairy Cow: Beyond Mass Production

Dr Chad Dechow – The Dairy Cow: Beyond Mass Production

As dairy farmers struggle to make ends meet, economic efficiency often forces the health and wellbeing of cattle to take a back seat. Dr Chad Dechow and his team at Pennsylvania State University have set about tackling this problem, providing a means for producing...

Cowpea – An Ancient Crop for Modern Challenges

Cowpea – An Ancient Crop for Modern Challenges

Cowpea has been cultivated as a crop for thousands of years, and is well-placed to improve the sustainability of modern agricultural systems. As part of a NIFA-funded project, Dr Louis Jackai, Dr Beatrice Dingha and Dr Mulumebet Worku and their students at North...

Dr Dedrick D. Davis – Biochar and Soil Dynamics

Dr Dedrick D. Davis – Biochar and Soil Dynamics

Renewable biofuels are a carbon-neutral alternative to fossil fuels, but they have their own complications. One problem is that growing and harvesting crops for biofuel depletes soil of valuable nutrients. To mitigate this, a byproduct of making biofuel – known as...

Dr David A Hennessy – The Farmer and the Rancher

Dr David A Hennessy – The Farmer and the Rancher

A collaborative effort driven by researchers from Michigan State University, South Dakota State University, Iowa State University and North Dakota State University, aims to improve the age-old art of farming.   Vast, dry, and flat. The Great Plains of the...

Dr Leonard Bryan Coop – Cloudy, With A Chance Of Insects

Dr Leonard Bryan Coop – Cloudy, With A Chance Of Insects

The Integrated Plant Protection Center at Oregon State University is both a hub for research into agricultural pest management and the host of widelyused pest forecasting tools. Dr Leonard Coop and his co-workers plan to improve those tools even further. Should I...

Dr Corina Vlot-Schuster – The Seeds We Sow And The Grain We Reap

Dr Corina Vlot-Schuster – The Seeds We Sow And The Grain We Reap

Much of the world’s population is dependent on just a few crops, with blight and disease an ever-present threat. Dr Corina Vlot-Schuster of the Helmholtz Centre Munich, after many years researching plant defences against pathogenic attack, aims to open the door to...