Global food production is already being impacted by climate change, paper reports

There’s been a 1% decline in the quantity of consumable food calories produced by the world’s top 10 crops.

Researchers hack plants to use less water so we don’t starve when climate change hits hard

These plants will drink responsibly — whether they want it or not!

The world’s farms are dominated by only four crops

This puts us at great risk.

Surge in pest resistance is making biotech crops worldwide less effective

Some crops fare much better than others so there’s a lot of lessons we can learn.

Early farmers probably didn’t really know how to select crops — but they were very lucky

Domestication could’ve well happened on its own.

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

A tiny plant with a lot of genes.

Farmer ants unknowingly domesticated their fungi crops by sequestering them in dry environments

Accidental domestication still counts, right?

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

Farm smart not hard.

Globalization offers us a huge choice of foodstuffs — but we’re not having it

Game theory doesn’t apply to farming like it does to other areas of industry.

Orphan gene boosts the protein levels of crops

A recent study from Iowa State University shows how a gene, found in a single plant species so far, can increase protein content when grafted into the DNA of staple crops. Their findings could help improve a huge variety of crops and improve nutrition in developing parts of the world, where available sources of protein are sometimes limited.

Feeding the world through global warming: Altering one plant gene makes for climate-resilient crops

It’s estimated that humanity will have to produce around 50% more food than we currently do to keep up with growing global demand….by 2050. It’s an enormous challenge, especially as more and more countries face the effects of climate change, such as drought or toxic salinity levels. One of our best hopes is to rely more on crops that can flourish despite the vicissitudes of the environment, and plant cell biologists at the University of Oxford hope that their new breakthrough in climate-resilient agriculture will allow us to do just that.