Plant breeding

Various kind of rice that are indigenous to the Sundarbans. Such native kinds of rice are able to withstand salty and austere conditions better than modern high-yield rice.

When climate sinks high-tech rice, older varieties may save the day


Modern varieties of rice may produce high yields, but they can’t withstand the tough conditions that are becoming more common as climate change affects farming. That’s why Indian scientists are turning to older, indigenous grains to keep communities fed.

People hold signs during one of many worldwide "March Against Monsanto" protests against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and agro-chemicals, in Los Angeles on October 12, 2013.

Why the term GMO is ‘scientifically meaningless’


Lao rice farmers move from subsistence to cash crops

GMO lunch? Uganda considers disease-resistant cassava


Turkey Diversity

The World

The Green Revolution Plus Thirty

Reporter Bruce Gellerman of member station WBUR in Boston visits the Mexican wheat fields of Norman Borlaug, known as “the Father of the Green Revolution.” Borlaug’s revolutionary approach to plant breeding and high-intensity agriculture helped to feed the world as the population doubled over the past 30 years, and won him the Nobel Peace Prize. […]

A Brand New Bird

For years, bird breeders in Europe were fixed on breeding the perfect singing canary. They later shifted to breeding for the most brilliant plumage. And in the late 1920s, two German bird breeders decided to take this goal one step further. Host Steve Curwood talks with author Tim Birkhead about the quest to breed the […]