Two young earthworms were found in Mars soil simulant NASA provided for researchers conducting studies on growing crops on the Red Planet. This is how worms can benefit a future Mars colony:
Space November 28, 2017
Harvard researchers may have found a way to end world hunger through their bionic leaf, which produces cheap fertilizer potent enough to make crops grow 1.5 times bigger. Read on to see how the invention works!
Material Science April 5, 2017
Potatoes and other crops may be grown on the Red Planet. Experiments have shown it is possible that the Red Planet can be farmed for food consumption of would-be Martian colony.
Space March 10, 2017
Climate change and rising global temperature have invaded every segment of life on earth and the effects are manifest in many ways. A new study says the ill effects include falling productivity, disease outbreaks, changing body sizes and falling sex ratios.
Earth/Environment November 12, 2016
Which vegetables can grow best in Mars? Scientists are working on an artificial Martian garden to determine which crops would grow best on the Red Planet.
Space October 10, 2016
A new study that involved 60 species of bees and used field data spanning 18 years supported findings of earlier smaller studies. The insecticide neonicotinoid is linked to population decline in bees.
Animals August 17, 2016
A dinner on Mars is possible after all. Scientists have successfully grown crops on Mars-like soil and found they are safe to eat, and 'possibly' healthier than the same crops grown using regular potting soil.
Space June 30, 2016
Aflatoxins, prussic acid and other toxic chemicals are increasingly becoming present in food crops because of extreme weather and climate change. Learn how crop toxicity is becoming a growing problem worldwide.
Earth/Environment June 1, 2016
Despite fears over the health effects of genetically modified food, an analysis of nearly 900 studies found GM crops are safe. The study also revealed the benefits of GM crops on human health and the environment.
Public Health May 18, 2016
Genome analysis revealed a gene in carrots responsible for its orange color. This gene could be key to improving the nutritional content of the vegetable and other crops.
Feature | Science May 10, 2016
While climate change is generally believed to hit food crops hard due to extreme heat and water shortages, rising CO2 levels could somehow mitigate the effect and help boost plant growth potential and reduce water use, according to a new international study. Still, carbon dioxide effects on plants remain complicated.
Earth/Environment April 21, 2016
Crops can grow well in both the moon and Mars, a new study has found. By planting crops in soils that mimic the properties of the moon and Mars, scientists were able to discover that food gardening may be possible in these places.
Space March 9, 2016
Staple crops planted in some areas in Africa are in danger due to the effects of climate change. By the end of the century some areas will be useless and farmers can't use them for agricultural properties.
Earth/Environment March 8, 2016
The FDA would start testing corn, milk, eggs, soybeans and other foods sold in the United States for glyphosate. Monsanto, maker of the herbicide Roundup, said that it is confident that its herbicide can be safely used in crops.
LIFE February 21, 2016
Plants versus plants. Researchers found plants wage wars against each other to compete for sunlight. Plants rely on built-in, molecular light sensors that give off warnings when blue light is low, which pushes the plant towards accelerated cell growth to beat its rivals.
Animals December 29, 2015
The use of insecticides that spare bees are detrimental to other non-bee insects. A team of international researchers says that other insects are as important as bees in crop pollination.
Earth/Environment December 1, 2015
Better measurements mean better monitoring. In the case of crops, this can mean a better understanding of when they need water, allowing farmers to more effectively care for them.
Earth/Environment August 29, 2015
Food grown in space has been eaten for the first time. Why is this such a historic salad?
Space August 11, 2015
ESA has launched the Sentinel-2A satellite, which will send back data that will help experts monitor food crops worldwide. The mission could help forecast bad harvest and lessen food market speculations.
Space June 23, 2015
Some species of bees are busier than the others. Only 2 percent of wild bees are responsible for pollinating 80 percent of the crops.
Animals June 17, 2015
Shortened growing seasons as a result of climate change could affect crops millions of people depend on, researchers suggest. Tropical regions, home to the world's poorest peoples, would be most affected, they say.
Animals June 14, 2015
Life-giving rain falling on crops also brings risk of spreading plant diseases far and wide, researchers say. Raindrops, pathogens and springy leaves all combine to spread plant diseases quickly during rainfall, study shows.
Animals February 6, 2015
Barley and wheat may have been essential in occupying the high altitudes of Tibet, but why?
November 23, 2014
Increased farming gives us food but is also responsible for the increase in CO2 levels in the atmosphere. Food production is estimated to double on the Earth in the next 50 years.
Animals November 22, 2014
Barley, a cold-tolerant crop that can thrive in high elevations, made it possible for people to live permanently at the extreme altitude of the Tibetan Plateau 3,600 years ago.
Animals November 21, 2014
The Aral Sea was once the fourth largest in the world, but it has now nearly disappeared. What does the Kremlin have to do with the problem?
Earth/Environment October 5, 2014
Nutella prices could rise because of a shortage of hazelnut caused by bad weather in Turkey. Sales for the popular cocoa and hazelnut spread increased last year worldwide, but cocoa and almond prices are also at an all-time high.
Internet Culture August 17, 2014
A chromosome-based draft sequence for common wheat has been developed, giving researchers a chance to develop strains of the crop that could be more resistant to disease and droughts.
Earth/Environment July 19, 2014
Global climate change may be ruining the nutrition of certain crops, according to a new study. Here is what researchers found, and why it is such a big problem.
Earth/Environment May 12, 2014
Global warming could damage crop levels for corn and soybeans in the Midwest. Here's why that could be a real problem worldwide.
Earth/Environment May 5, 2014