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November 20, 2014
Insect-resistant maize increases yields and decrease pesticide use
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 18, 2014
Although maize was originally domesticated in Mexico, the country's average yield per hectare is 38% below the world's average. In fact, Mexico imports 30% of its maize from foreign sources to keep up with internal demand. To combat insect pests, Mexican farmers rely primarily on chemical insecticides. Approximately 3,000 tons of active ingredient are used each year just to manage the fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), in addition to even more chemicals used to control other pests such as the ... read more

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NMSU professor experiments growing plants in highly saline water
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Genetic toolkit finds new maximum for crop yields
Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) has announced a new way to dramatically increase crop yields by improving upon Mother Nature's offerings. A team led by Associate Professor Zachary ... more
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Salt-loving plants key to sustainable food production
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