For centuries, farmers – and their crops – were defenseless against diseases. Insect pests can ruin a crop in days. So can diseases like “rust” and “molds”. Weeds can outcompete crops and […]
How do scientists do traditional plant breeding?
The “science” of plant breeding has only existed for a little more than a century. But, humans have unofficially been selecting for the ‘cream of the crop’ for over 10,000 years. Farmers […]
How do fertilizers help with food security?
Did you ever wonder where plants get their nutrients? It’s from the soil that they are grown in! Tiny seeds planted by farmers and gardeners grow into plants that can produce grain […]
What are food security and sustainable food production, and how are they linked?
Food security and sustainable food production are both terms that are used by various organizations. What these terms mean depends on your perspective. From our scientific perspective, we look at both of […]