Fully Autonomous Shropshire Wheat Ready for Harvest

Robots are doing something useful for once in Shropshire, where a farm has started to harvest a crop of wheat that's been grown entirely by automated processes. All for us to eat. Thanks, robots. Read More >>

Researchers Just Made a Breakthrough in Growing Crops During a Drought

Drought is spreading across farmland worldwide—and it’s only going to get more intense. New research offers a clue on how we might be able to continue to grow the staples we’re used to but with much less water. Read More >>

These Two Crops Use More of the World’s Water Than All Other Crops Combined

The world is drying up all around us, but which crops can we use to shift the blame away from our cars, pools, and cartons of almond milk? Cast your eyes hard on these two culprits, right in your very own kitchen cabinet. Read More >>

Chernobyl’s Milk Is Still Radioactive, Thirty Years After the Meltdown

It’s been thirty years since the Chernobyl disaster and radiation levels in plants seemed to have died down. So why are levels of radiation in milk still peaking? Read More >>

These Three New GM Crops Will Change How We Farm

Three of the world’s most troubling crop diseases were just hit with three new disease-resistant crops varieties, thanks to genetic modification—each with a slightly different mechanism. The details of these modifications appear in three new papers out today in Nature Biotechnology. Read More >>

The Problem With the Doomsday Seed Vault

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is undeniably fascinating: the concrete slab that juts out of the barren snowscape may represent humanity’s last hope in an apocalypse. But recently, plant scientists have questioned its mission. Read More >>

Toshiba Turns Floppy Factory into Sterile Lettuce Lab

Tech giant Toshiba is making inroads into the salad industry, using abandoned facilities to farm indoors under artificial lighting. Which means farmers in hairnets and zero chance of finding a slug in your sandwich. Read More >>

Human Wee Could be the Future of Plant Growing

According to stats released by the eco-gardeners at the Rich Earth Institute, a large proportion of the energy used to treat waste water is blown on neutralising the nitrogen and phosphorous in human urine -- which happen to be two great nutrients for plant life. If only there was a way to collect wee and use it to fertilise crops without everyone getting so weirded out by it. Read More >>

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This Is What a Plague of Locusts Actually Looks Like

A plague of locusts sounds like the kind of biblical torment that we'll never really need to worry about. But they're real, they happen — and boy do they cause trouble. Read More >>

Monsanto Weedkiller and GM Maize Linked to Tumour Risk

A new study suggests that the world's best-selling weedkiller and the GM maize resistant to it are linked to increased risk of tumour growth, multiple organ damage and premature death. Read More >>