The Boll Weevil War, or How Farmers and Scientists Saved Cotton in the South
The boll weevil is not much to look at, but it was powerful enough to forge an unprecedented partnership between farmers, legislators and scientists.
‘Princess Pheromone’ Tells Ants Which Larvae Are Destined to Be Queens
For Indian jumping ants (Harpegnathos saltator), becoming royalty is all about timing.
NAS Committee Responds to Critique of Gene Engineering Report
NC State's Fred Gould, who led a National Academies committee that issued a 2016 report on genetically engineered crops, pens a letter in Nature Biotechnology to respond to a report critique.
Study IDs Ways to Encourage ‘Refuge’ Planting, Slowing Resistance to Bt Crops
A study finds a shortfall in the amount of “refuge” cropland being planted in NC – increasing the rate at which crop pests evolve the ability to devour genetically engineered Bt crops.
The Importance of Seeds: a Q&A with Rob Dunn
There is little genetic diversity among the crops that are most important for feeding people around the world. Rob Dunn's new book explores this issue and why it matters.
Cookbooks Give Readers (Mostly) Bad Advice On Food Safety
A recent study finds bestselling cookbooks offer readers little useful advice about food safety, and much of the advice they do provide is inaccurate and not based on sound science.
Study: Health Agencies Need Clear Rules for Disclosing Foodborne Illness Outbreaks
Food safety researchers are calling on public health agencies to develop clear guidelines on when to inform the public about foodborne illness outbreaks – something which is often handled on an ad hoc basis at the local, state and federal levels.
‘Great Pumpkin Project’ Recruits Citizen Scientists to Document Agricultural Biodiversity
A team of biology researchers is recruiting citizen scientists to participate in a study of which microbes and insects visit the same crop plants around the world.
Barrangou Wins NAS Award
CRISPR pioneer Rodolphe Barrangou garners another prestigious award for his work on the system that uses a molecular scalpel to edit genes.
Researchers Crack Genetic Code Determining Leaf Shape in Cotton
Researchers find gene responsible for major leaf shapes in upland cotton.