Agri-Tech East cluster supports pipeline of innovation
Scientists from the John Innes Centre have analysed the genomes of plants that grow in harsh, serpentine soils to find out how they survive in such conditions.
It appears that they have used two strategies: adapting to their environment through natural selection that acted on genetic variants which arose locally, as well as by borrowing useful variants from a related plant growing nearby.
Scientists of Wageningen University & Research centre are working on growing crops on Mars and moon soil simulants.
Just like the real Martian and moon soil these contain heavy metals in almost the same quantities.
Professor Leo Condron has been awarded a Doctor of Science from the University of Canterbury.The award recognises his extensive contribution to research on the biogeochemistry of phosphorus in soil-plant systems.
To project how much food can be produced in the future, researchers use agricultural models that estimate crop yield, or how much of a crop can be produced in a certain amount of space. These models take into account factors like climate and weather variability, irrigation, fertilizer, and soil type.