$3M grant funds cover crop breeding for organic farmers

Cornell University – A Cornell University-led national network of scientists and farmers is developing new varieties of cover crops that are better adapted to local regions and stressors – changes that could carry a bevy of long-term and sustainable benefits for organic growers. The research has been made possible thanks to a three-and-a-half year, $3 […]

New study shows ‘organic’ wounds improve produce

Texas A&M AgriLife – Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists found benefits of insect leaf-wounding in fruit and vegetable production. Stress responses created in the fruits and vegetables initiated an increase in antioxidant compounds prior to harvest, making them healthier for human consumption. “Many studies in the past supported this idea, but many others showed no differences,” […]

Searching for superpowers? Chefs look to forgotten ingredients

By Karla Mendes, Anuradha Nagaraj and Inna Lazareva Thomson Reuters Foundation On three continents, three women have taken three different paths to find healthy and tasty solutions to one of the world’s greatest health crises – poor nutrition. Chef Bela Gil found her solution in Brazil’s Amazon; in India, Anahita Dhondy discovered her answer in […]

Orchards in natural habitats draw bee diversity, improve apple production

Cornell University – Apple orchards surrounded by agricultural lands are visited by a less diverse collection of bee species than orchards surrounded by natural habitats, according to a new Cornell University-led study, published in the journal Science. In turn, apple production suffers when fewer, more closely-related species of bees pollinate an orchard. Production improves in orchards […]