Plant health, production, and products

Study Shows Universally Positive Effect of Cover Crops on Soil Microbiome

Only a fraction of conventional row crop farmers grow cover crops after harvest, but a new global analysis from the University of Illinois shows the practice can boost soil microbial abundance by 27 percent.

Daily Avocado Consumption Improves Attention in Overweight and Obese Persons

A diet including daily avocado consumption improves the ability to focus attention in adults whose measurements of height and weight are categorized as overweight or obese, a new randomized control trial found.

Natural Habitat Around Farms a Win for Strawberry Growers, Birds and Consumers

Conserving natural habitat around strawberry fields can help protect growers’ yields, their bottom line and the environment with no detectable threat to food safety, indicates a study led by the University of California, Davis.

​Big Data Helps Farmers Adapt to Climate Variability

A new Michigan State University (MSU) study shines a light on how big data and digital technologies can help farmers better adapt to threats, both present and future, from a changing climate.

Mice and Mushrooms: Non-Picky Eaters More Effective at Spreading Spores than Previously Thought

Small mammals such as mice and chipmunks who are not picky eaters play a more important role than previously known in dispersing the spores of wild mushrooms and truffles, according to new research from the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire.

New Potato Varieties Have Lower Levels of Probable Carcinogen

Mary Ellen Camire has some good news about french fries.

Dog sleuths sniff out crop disease hitting U.S. citrus trees

Dog detectives might be able to help save ailing citrus groves; research published Monday suggests.

Wild Tomatoes Resist Devastating Bacterial Canker

Many New York tomato growers are familiar with the scourge of bacterial canker.

Grant to Support Development of Bio-Jet Fuel Processing Technology

A newly awarded grant from NIFA aims to expand the use of oilseeds and other vegetable oil crops in renewable jet fuel manufacturing.

Safer Fresh Tomatoes

​Tomatoes are a highly nutritious source of minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients.