US brewery wants to make beer on Mars — so they’re space-testing barley seeds next week

How do you go ‘bottoms up’ when there’s no ‘up’ in space?!

Barley’s full genome sequenced after decade-long research effort

A tiny plant with a lot of genes.

Mixed legume and cereal crops don’t need fertilizer to yield a lot of food

Farm smart not hard.

Closer to brewing the perfect beer after scientists sequence barley genome

Barley is a key ingredient in beer, the third most popular drink in the world after water and tea, an industry which currently amounts to $300 billion a year. The quality of the barley greatly influences the savor of beer, so by growing better quality barley we might be able to brew a beer that’s closer to perfection. A worthy