The Department of Agriculture has planned to collect about 37,568 soil samples from across the district under a GPS-based soil sample collection programme and farmers would be informed of the statu

JOHANNESBURG – As the race to adapt to climate change quickens, a South African scientist is leading global research into developing crops that mimic the extraordinary survival skills of “resurrect

Zinc (Zn) deficiency is the most widespread micronutrient deficiency in crop plants and humans. Low intake of Zn through diet appears to be the major reason for the widespread prevalence of Zn deficiencies in human populations. Application of Zn fertilizer in soil having low Zn increased the grain yield in wheat up to 6.4–50.1%. However, soil Zn application increased the grain yield of rice only up to 7.2–14.8%.

A team of crop experts from a Kenya research organization has been awarded for their input in fighting wheat rust.

Drought stress is a serious constraint, especially in rainfed rice production, and breeding for drought tolerance by selection based on yield under stress, though effective, is slow. Mapping quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for yield and its components under drought stress predominant in rainfed target populations of environment (TPE) will help overcome this limitation.

Researchers from the University of California-Davis recently found a fourth gene that determines how wheat plants flower after experiencing a freeze.

An invasive pathogen has affected thousands of hectares of olive plantations in Puglia, southern Italy

Two research institutions are conducting research into developing crop varieties with useful biological traits that will not only be high-yielding but also tolerant to pests, diseases and drought.

Shanghai scientists have found a gene that provides crops with a higher resistance to heat, offering a potential boon to farmers coping with reduced yields in the face of global warming.

The Department of Agriculture (DA) has increased by almost six times the proposed budget of its agricultural research agency in 2016 to push for the promotion of science-based agricultural developm