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Researchers add gene editing to rice research toolbox

Researchers add gene editing to rice research toolbox

Variety development is a core effort in the Division of Agriculture research. The need for new breeding material with important genetic traits in environmental tolerances, disease resistance and food quality and yield is never-ending. But it can take …

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Wheat breeding lines for resistance to disease

Wheat breeding lines for resistance to disease

In Arkansas, wheat growers need high yields to make growing wheat profitable. Disease pressure can reduce those yields, impacting the grower’s profitability. Working with Sungrains, a breeding cooperative of six public university breeding programs, Dr. Esten Mason…

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Primocane blackberries open new markets for fruit growers

Primocane blackberries open new markets for fruit growers

Traditional, floricane-fruiting blackberry plants produce canes that only fruit every other year, and are typically limited to a 4-6 week growing season. Blackberry plants have perennial root systems that survive from year-to-year, while the canes they produce…

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