The Pentagon is studying an insect army to defend crops. Critics fear a bioweapon.

  1. The Pentagon is studying an insect army to defend crops. Critics fear a bioweapon.  Washington Post
  2. Viruses Spread by Insects to Crops Sound Scary. The Military Calls It Food Security.  New York Times
  3. US military plan to spread viruses using insects could create ‘new class of biological weapon’, scientists warn  The Independent
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In India, swapping crops could save water and improve nutrition

India will need to feed approximately 394 million more people by 2050. Meanwhile, many of its regions are chronically water-stressed, and nutrient deficiencies are widespread — 30 percent of Indians or more are anemic. But a new study shares a brighter outlook: replacing some rice with less thirsty crops could dramatically reduce water demand in India, while also improving nutrition.
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New method to improve crops

Researchers have developed a new way to breed plants with better traits. By introducing a human protein into the model plant species Arabidopsis thaliana, researchers found that they could selectively activate silenced genes already present within the plant.
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