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Nourishing food innovation, one grain at a time

Nature Portfolio | 4 min. read

Inside the humble loaf of bread lies a biological progression that parallels humanity’s spread around the globe. Wheat genetics are a record of the plant’s rich history; recent breakthroughs in sequencing are mapping its genome and revealing the potential for future resilience and nutritional improvements.

‘Gold mine’ of century-old wheat varieties could help breeders restore long lost traits

An antique collection of wheat from around the world could breathe new vigor into the staple. When plant breeders created modern wheat during the 19th and 20th centuries, they focused on crossing and selectively breeding a few key varieties, creating a finicky racehorse of a crop: high yielding but vulnerable to disease, heat, and drought and reliant on a liberal application of fertilizer. Part of the solution, according to a study published by Nature, may lie in the genetic diversity in 827 kinds of wheat, many of them long vanished from farms.

Science | 3 min. read

Hope from an unexpected source in the global race to stop wheat blast

A crucial breakthrough in combating wheat blast, an emerging threat to global food security, has come from an unexpected source. New research reveals that wheat varieties resistant to another pathogen, powdery mildew, also provide protection against wheat blast.

Seed World | 3 min. read

Growers experiment with synthetic nitrogen alternatives

Arable growers are investigating alternative sources of nitrogen to reduce their crop reliance on synthetic nitrogen. Hefty increases in the price of synthetic nitrogen, coupled with the likely introduction of pricing for nitrogen fertiliser-related nitrous oxide emissions, has led farmer groups in Canterbury and Waikato to look at different ways to supply nitrogen to their crops. The Alternative N groups were formed as part of the Foundation for Arable Research Growers Leading Change program.

Farmers Weekly | 2 min. read

Genetics and AI approaches to power-up pulses

Chickpea, lentil and faba bean growers across Australia can expect significantly more productive crops within the next decade thanks to a new collaborative, international research project to improve crop yields. The $11.02 million multi-partner investment includes $6.1m from GRDC for the Achieving improved genetic gain for yield in chickpea, faba bean and lentil using genetic diversity project, led by Murdoch University.

Australian Rural & Regional News | 3 min. read

past issues

June 27, 2024 | Nourishing food innovation, one grain at a time

June 14, 2024 | Scientists are on a quest for drought-resistant wheat, agriculture's 'Holy Grail'

Oct. 19, 2023 | Starch discovery unlocks benefits for brewing, baking and milling industries

Oct. 5, 2023 | Protect our agronomic future at Cereals & Grains 23

Sept. 21, 2023 | Ancient plant protein could create climate-resilient crop

Sept. 7, 2023 | America is using up its groundwater like there’s no tomorrow

Aug. 24, 2023 | What’s the environmental impact of wheat?

Aug. 10, 2023 | The impact of weather, war on wheat production and food security

July 27, 2023 | Rice crops are being threatened by El Niño

July 13, 2023 | Earth sets an unofficial heat record

June 29, 2023 | CRISPR’d rice resistant to major fungal pest

June 15, 2023 | Camouflaging wheat with a wheat smell could be a new approach to pest control

June 1, 2023 | Uncovering new mechanisms for wheat rust resistance

May 18, 2023 | Single-cell sequencing reveals trait evolution in cereal crops

May 4, 2023 | Breeding, technological advances enhance taste, texture and nutrition of plant-based protein

April 20, 2023 | Wheat disease’s global spread concerns researchers

April 6, 2023 | In Ukraine, grain shortages reverberate beyond borders

March 23, 2023 | UK scientists are growing genetically edited wheat to reduce cancer risk from burnt foods

March 9, 2023 | Wheat's ancient roots of viral resistance uncovered

Feb. 23, 2023 | The 2023 farm bill should empower farmers to feed America

Feb. 9, 2023 | Will fading La Nina boost prospects for the 2023 U.S. corn crop?

Jan. 26, 2023 | NASDA announces 2023 federal policy focus

Jan. 12, 2023 | ‘Holy grail’ wheat gene discovery could feed our overheated world

Dec. 15, 2022 | Celebrating a successful Cereals & Grains 22

Dec. 1, 2022 | A shift to whole grain food would reduce malnutrition and diseases

Nov. 17, 2022 | Ukraine’s sparse wheat plantings are sowing further trouble for global food security

Nov. 3, 2022 | How whole grain can help make the world a better place

Oct. 20, 2022 | Examining 300 years of wheat collections to make crucial crop more robust for future food

Oct. 6, 2022 | Innovate the future of food at Cereals & Grains 22

Sept. 22, 2022 | Climate change, conflict decimate Syria's grain crop

Sept. 8, 2022 | Russia threatens to limit Ukraine’s Black Sea grain exports

Aug. 25, 2022 | World food shortage going from 'bad to worse'

Aug. 11, 2022 | Growing cereal crops with less fertilizer

July 28, 2022 | How will the Ukraine grain deal affect the global food crisis?

July 14, 2022 | Alternative proteins may be best investment for slowing climate change

June 30, 2022 | Russia ‘turning wave of food crises into tsunami’ by blocking grain exports

June 16, 2022 | French grain production continues slide

June 2, 2022 | New study reveals just how bleak the future is for corn

May 19, 2022 | Fertilizer, grain shortages contributing to rising food prices

May 5, 2022 | The geopolitics of wheat

April 21, 2022 | Alternative flours fuel snack food innovation

April 7, 2022 | USDA offers surprises in Prospective Plantings report

March 24, 2022 | Record high fertilizer prices spark fears of global starvation

March 10, 2022 | How the Russia-Ukraine War will make bread unaffordable in some countries

February 24, 2022 | 89% of consumers support companies that make plant-based products

February 10, 2022 | Welcome to inGRAINed!


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