LATEST NEWS & EVENTS
LATEST NEWS & EVENTS
LATEST NEWS & EVENTS
Farming robots get to grips with weeding at Harper Adams
Researchers at Harper Adams University in Shropshire are trying to sow, look after and then harvest a field of barley using only robots and autonomous vehicles. No humans are allowed into the pilot-plot at all.
New antibiotic resistance genes found in soil microbes
Farm soil harbors abundant genes related to antibiotic resistance in microbes, including some that have never been identified in human pathogens, according to a study published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Unusual soybean colouration sheds a light on gene silencing
Today's soybeans are typically golden yellow, with a tiny blackish mark where they attach to the pod. In a field of millions of beans, nearly all of them will have this look. Occasionally, however, a bean will turn up half-black, with a saddle pattern similar to a black-eyed pea. New research indicates why.
Ten trends in academic publishing
Our Editorial Director, Francis Dodds, has written a blog on the Independent Publishers Guild website, discussing key sector developments in the academic publishing industry.
World Milk Day 2017
Did you know that today is World Milk Day? Supported by the Global Dairy Platform, the event aims to celebrate the important contributions of the dairy sector to sustainability, economic development, livelihoods and nutrition.
Photo: Drop Farm
British Tomato Week Competition
Did you know this week is British Tomato Week? To celebrate, we're running a competition all week on our Twitter account to give one lucky follower the chance to win our recently published tomatoes book - all in partnership with the @British Tomato Growers Association!
Rice plant engineered with a ‘tunable’ immune system could fight multiple diseases at once
Farmers are constantly spraying pesticides on their crops to combat an array of viral, bacterial, and fungal invaders. Most attempts to get around these chemicals so far confer protection against a single disease, but now researchers have developed a rice plant that fights multiple pathogens at once—without loss to the crop yield—by hooking up a tunable amplifier to the plant’s immune system.
Celebrating Fascination of Plants Day
Today (18th May), is Fascination of Plants Day and we've teamed up with the Global Plant Council to run a competition on Twitter to celebrate the day!
We're offering one lucky follower the chance to win one of our books from our crops collection.
Farmers warn April's cold snap could lead to a shortage of British fruit
April's chilly weather may lead to a UK-wide shortage of apples, pears and plums, farmers have revealed.
A senior member of the National Farmers' Union (NFU) who grows her own apples has said last month's cold snap damaged many growers' fruit at a crucial point in development.
Pig behaviour linked to sanitary conditions and diets
There is a connection between damaging behaviour in pigs, sanitary conditions and diet formulations. How exactly, was presented by Dutch researchers recently.
Genetics to boost sugarcane production
Scientists in Brazil are taking steps towards genetically modifying sugar cane so it produces more sucrose naturally, looking to eventually boost the productivity and economic benefits of the tropical grass.
UK crops at risk if neonicotinoids are restricted says new research from Rothamsted
Production of UK crops is at risk if neonicotinoids are more widely restricted or banned completely, according to the agricultural science institute Rothamsted Research.
How agricultural technology can adapt in a warming world
Climate-smart agriculture involves pursuing sustainable productivity increases while implementing climate adaptation strategies and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to achieve food security. Find out how climate-smart agriculture is being used across the globe today.
Why the future of dairy may begin with cows in headsets
A recent study undertaken by Arla, Smart Dairy 2025, has explored the future of dairy production and consumption. 'Precision agriculture' is set to be a key driving force in the future of the industry, with even the opportunity of wearable tech for animals.
Burleigh Dodds at the WPSA Spring Meeting
Last week was host to the UK Branch, World Poultry Science Association's Spring Meeting. Burleigh Dodds had plenty of material for delegates to find out more about our poultry publications and also provided prizes, which were presented to the lucky winners at the event!
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Secrets of tea plant revealed by science
Botanists have unlocked the genetic secrets of the plant prized for producing tea.
A team in China has decoded the genetic building blocks of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, whose leaves are used for all types of tea, including black, green and oolong.
Managing herbicide resistance in soybeans
Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator Nebraska Extension in Platte County, has offered his advice on timing and management practices that can help improve control of herbicide resistant weeds this year.
Sat nav for bread wheat uncovers hidden genes
Over two billion people worldwide rely on wheat as a staple food, but attempts to sequence its genome have been thwarted by its complexity. Scientists have now developed new methods, creating the most complete picture to date including over 20,000 genes completely absent from earlier assemblies or found only as fragments.
Modified sugarcane provides hope for future biofuel production
Scientists have genetically engineered sugarcane to produce oil in leaves and stems to increase potential yield.
The modified sugarcane also produces more sugar, providing raw materials for ethanol production. These dual purpose crops are estimated have double the profitability of corn per acre and more than five times that of soybeans.
Good quality water: An essential nutrient for dairy cows
An improved water quality leads to an increased milk production and better animal health in dairy cattle. However, water is often an overlooked nutrient. A new study looked at novel ways to remove the biofilm and microorganism from the drinking water system.
New lettuce genome assembly offers clues to success of huge plant family
A treasure-trove of genetic information has been unlocked about lettuce and related plants, completing the first reported comprehensive genome assembly for lettuce and the massive Compositae plant family.
Burleigh Dodds in Chronica Horticulturae
We're delighted to see that our upcoming cassava titles have been covered in the latest issue of Chronica Horticulturae, run by the International Society for Horticultural Science.
You can read further information by clicking on the image to the left.
Bell, K. L., V. M. Loeffler, and B. J. Brosi. 2017
New library of DNA sequences improves plant identification
Researchers at Emory University have developed a new database of genetic information that can be used with the latest DNA sequencing technologies to improve the accuracy of plant identification.
Specially-bred wheat could help provide some of the key nutrients essential for healthy bones in poultry
Specially-bred wheat could help provide some of the key nutrients essential for healthy bones in poultry, reducing the need to supplement the feed, researchers have found.
A 'bionic leaf' could help feed the world
In the second half of the 20th century, an agricultural boom called the 'green revolution' was largely credited with averting a global food crisis. Now, the problem of feeding the world's growing population looms again. To help address the challenge, researchers have presented a 'bionic' leaf that uses bacteria, sunlight, water and air to make fertilizer in the very soil where crops are grown.
Burleigh Dodds in British Tomato Growers' Association newsletter
We're delighted to see our upcoming publication, 'Achieving sustainable cultivation of tomatoes', featured in the British Tomato Growers’ Association April newsletter.
To find out more about the title, click on the image to view larger or visit our bookshop.
Breakthrough for genomics in cereals as research sequences whole rye genome
A team of German plant researchers have reported on a whole-genome draft sequence of the cereal rye. It has been called a breakthrough for comparative genomics in cereals and genome-based breeding for crop improvement.
Burleigh Dodds at JPSA Meeting
As a publisher we are based in the United Kingdom, but we know that the agricultural science community is global, meaning our titles are read across the globe.
We were delighted to see that our latest poultry title, 'Achieving sustainable production of poultry meat, Volume 1' on display at a recent Japan Poultry Science Association (JPSA) meeting.
Find out more about how you can work with us here.
Robotics aid in the study of corn and drought tolerance
In March 2014, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded the University of Missouri a $20 million grant as part of a multi-institutional consortium to study how corn maintains root growth during drought conditions. Using funding from the NSF, engineers on a multidisciplinary team have developed a robotic system that is changing the way scientists study crops and plant composition.
New rice strain could help farmers predetermine harvest time
A new strain of rice that flowers within a certain period of time after being sprayed with commercial chemicals commonly used to protect rice from fungal diseases is now available, say scientists. This new strain could one day allow rice farmers to dictate the timing of their harvest regardless of weather, temperature and other conditions that currently affect cultivation.
We're delighted to see our two upcoming wheat publications, 'Achieving sustainable cultivation of wheat, Volumes 1 & 2', featured on the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) website.
The IWGSC Leadership team contributed to a chapter on sequencing and assembly of the wheat genome.
Dairy farmers should rethink a cow's curfew, says researchers
Dairy cows housed indoors want to break curfew and roam free, suggests new research. The researchers said their findings support previous research that found public opinion of a good life for cattle involves outdoor grazing access.
Find out more about the research here
British Lion eggs launches lecture plan
British Lion eggs, in association with Westminster Kingsway College, has created and launched a lecture plan to help catering students learn everything they need to know about sourcing, cooking and serving eggs and egg products.
Agrimetrics brings potato yield model to the farmer's fingertips
As consumer preferences for potatoes become more specific, the number of potatoes that a farmer can produce of the required size can have a big impact on the value of the crop.
New enhancements to the NIAB CUF Potato Yield Model supported by Agrimetrics will enable farmers to get timely advice about predicted yield and crop value on their smartphones, tablets and other devices.
GM pigs could help battle world swine disease
Pigs which may be resilient to an infection costing the swine industry billions of pounds each year have been produced by scientists.