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May 25th, 2017

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Blog:  Mixed farming, the combined production of crops and livestock, is central to current and future global food supplies. Two thirds of all people, and most of the world’s poor, work in such systems to produce a significant proportion of key staple crops: 86 per cent of rice, …

Discovery shows how PHR1, a key switch protein, controls plant response to low levels of phosphate

March 23rd, 2017 / ISAAA

Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have identified a key genetic switch that helps soil bacteria that lives on and inside plant roots to harvest phosphate, a vital nutrient for plant yield that is limited in global supply. The scientists show precisely how PHR1, a …

Soil bacteria that could improve seeds, roots and antibiotic treatments

January 12th, 2017 / Phys.org

“This discovery may not only lead to the creation of a protective coating for roots and seeds to prevent disease, but it may also provide exciting new strategies for improving the effectiveness of antibiotic treatments,” explains Marie Elliot of the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research. See …

Could African agriculture leapfrog harmful pesticides by using plant microbiomes?

October 20th, 2016 / Afk Insider

In Africa, where there is an overwhelming need to improve soil health and crop productivity, microbial science in agriculture is just getting started. Researchers believe there’s a revolution in finding alternatives to pesticides and artificial fertilizers that can improve African farm productivity.
Scientists are investigating the plant microbiome — the billions …

Will microbes save agriculture?

June 13th, 2016 / LA Times, US

Right under our feet – that’s where David Perry believes the next agricultural revolution will come from – the millions of unseen microbes in soil that play a crucial but complicated role in the well-being of plants. Perry believes that he can repackage beneficial bacteria and fungi as something akin …