Computational modeling may soon help researchers predict, and prevent, food insecurity

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Neonicotinoids, or neonics, will be banned for outdoor use in Europe thanks to environmental concerns

From National Geographic

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David Haak’s team uses CRISPR-Cas9 technology to improve crop efficiency

From VT News

September 20, 2016

A team that includes a Virginia Tech plant scientist recently used life sciences technology to edit 14 target sites encompassing eight plant genes at a time, without making unintended changes elsewhere in the genome.

The technology, a genome-editing tool called CRISPR-Cas9, revolutionized the life sciences when it appeared on the market in 2012. It is proving useful in the plant science community as a powerful tool for the improvement of agricultural crops.

The ability to alter several ...

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Megan O’Rourke is on a $2 million grant to combat agricultural pests in Asia

From VT News

A $2 million grant recently awarded to the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will empower farmers in Asia to grow food in a way that addresses challenges of climate change and uses sustainable farming methods to feed a global population that is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050.

“Investing in agriculture is essential for developing economies to move forward because it allows local populations to increase their incomes through improved agricultural ...

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