When a farmer uses a pesticide against a pest, weed, or pathogen, s/he is essentially conducting a field-scale micro-evolution project.
In the same manner that nations collaborate to detect and stop human pandemics, a global surveillance system for crop diseases needs to be created to safeguard agricultural trade and food security, argues a team of experts in Science More than 20 percent of the five staple crops that provide half the globe’s caloric intake […]
I just hit a milestone: my 30th anniversary as a lettuce grower [raucous applause?]. First as a young tyke at the family farm, and later in the wondrous, climate controlled college greenhouse. The latter was hydroponic, far removed from my conventional rearing. Fortunately, the experience I had amassed in the field was easily “convertible” into […]
While apples that originally evolved in the wild needed to entice megafauna to disperse their seeds, humans ultimately took over that task, spreading the trees along the famous Silk Road along with other familiar crops. This dispersing of the apple seeds ultimately led to the trees’ domestication. All of this is laid out in a […]
Creating havoc this week, landlords across the country were contacted via mail that a deadline for the Market Facilitation Program was fast approaching and that they needed to be signed up. A friendly reminder would be much welcomed in most cases, except this friendly reminder had no way of being handled. Since the government shut […]
Funny how one fortuitous event can not only renew your resolve, but reorient you on a totally unexpected path. I found my calling as a plant doctor.