Scientists used DNA sequencing to identify what microbes live on or near the root systems of farmed and wild wheat. They found that farmed and wild wheat had different microbial communities, but what does this mean for farming?
Using traps to lure parasites away may be a good alternative to pesticides for aquatic farms. But what attracts them?
Scientists hope to restore biocrusts by transplanting healthy salvaged biocrusts to damaged areas. This method was found to successfully increase soil stability and plant drought resistance both in the field and in greenhouse plots
Is a space salad healthier than salad grown on earth? We may be one step closer to finding out. A NASA team conducted a study onboard the International Space Station growing lettuce crops.
Did you know fish prefer certain colors? When they don’t like the color of their tank, the fish may get stressed or aggressive! #aquaculture
The reality of being able to live and settle on Martian or lunar bases can seem like it is getting close. To do this, we need to be able to grow our own food there. This is a category of space agriculture called in-situ resource utilization, a fancy way of saying “using what is already there instead of bringing…
Symbiotic fungi can save farm crops during droughts As many farms worldwide get less and less rainfall per year due to climate change, it is getting harder to keep plants alive in dry seasons. Luckily, the use of mycorrhizal fungi in farming may allow our food crops to find more water during droughts.
What should farmers do to deal with disappearing water? Add fungi to the soil! This recent study sheds light on the use of mycorrhizae to mitigate drought in the farming industry, which is facing increasingly intense water shortages every year.
Researchers have pinpointed several genes that could help shellfish producers breed Pacific oysters with higher amounts of healthy omega-3 fats.
Salmonella enterica and Listeria monocytogenes are two diarrhea-causing bacteria that can make you sick when eating contaminated produce. It turns out, soil-free growing mats used to produce microgreens might be a breeding ground for these bacteria. Peat or coco coir might be a safer choice.
Food scientists are always on the lookout for better ways to preserve fish. Could essential oils be the key? #sashimi #essentialoils