Toward a CRISPR Future?

Toward a CRISPR Future? by Kayleigh Koch What is CRISPR? How is it used? Who can use it? Most importantly, what can we do to help? These were questions we asked ourselves at the beginning of our semester-long project. As 11 students from Iowa State University in the College of Agriculture...

Meet the Breeder: Katelyn Fritz

Meet the Breeder: Katelyn Fritz Name: Katelyn Fritz School: Iowa State University Major: Agronomy and Global Resource System What type of plant breeder are you (or are you studying to be)? Between conventional and molecular breeding I currently don’t have a preference. What I do know is that I would...

Grape Expectations

Grape Expectations Researchers uncork the secret to a more sustainable wine industry: gene editing Toothaches and headaches and heartaches and backaches, fevers and nausea and sneezing and wheezing—in ancient Greece, no matter the malady, there was one nearly universally prescribed...

Plant Breeding Innovation in my Backyard

Plant Breeding Innovation in my Backyard By Stephanie Karhoff, Ph.D. Candidate in Translational Plant Sciences at The Ohio State University I held plant breeding innovation in my hand this week. No, I was not in the lab or greenhouse, but in my own backyard. I was doing my favorite spring task—planting the...

Sweet Potatoes, Sweeter Life

Sweet Potatoes, Sweeter Life Tuskegee scientists use gene editing to improve sweet potato disease resistance, nutrition A sweet potato doesn’t need much in terms of prep or embellishment in the kitchen. Just bake it, garnish it with a hearty dose of brown sugar, a dash of cinnamon and a dab of...

Responding to Global Challenges

Responding to Global Challenges The planet is changing. As we face very real and evolving global challenges-like climate change, new and emerging pests and diseases, less arable land, and a growing population-plants must adapt if we’re going to provide enough food to feed future generations....

Growing Pains

Growing Pains

Florida avocado growers face serious plant pest and disease challenges. Gene editing could be the solution.

Field of Genes

Field of Genes From the lab to the land, scientists seed solutions to agricultural challenges through plant breeding innovation. There was once a time, in the not-so-distant past, when a phone was only that—a phone. You could really only do one thing with it: place a call across...