Google Crops

Artificial intelligence developed optimal crops Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) stagger the minds regarding what is capable today. This spring, a demonstration of Google Assistant, witnessed Google’s AI phoning a hair salon to book an appointment, all without the salon being aware they were talking with a computer. The computer …

Still Unsure of Climate Change? Take to the Forest for Proof

Could insect resistant trees mitigate forest fires? One of the most significant results from climate change in the forestry sector has been the migration of insects, like the spruce wood budworm and mountain pine beetle. Warmer winters have allowed both of these insects to spread into areas where they previously …

Evolution of Plant Breeding

Moving from random, untargeted mutagenesis to specific, targeted mutagenesis Humans have been breeding plants for millennia. Our ancestors began to domesticate plants (and animals) at least 10,000 years ago, allowing nomadic tribes to become stationary and form communities as they no longer had to pursue their food. Only in the …

Is It Time For Us To Grow Up?

By: Alora Hughes, University of Saskatchewan Student The challenges and advantages of adopting vertical farming Food scarcity is a problem facing both agriculture and the world. Population growth, growing incomes, and changes in consumer preferences have resulted in the need for increased food production. To tackle this problem every angle …

Innovating Canada’s Wheat Supply Chain

A classrooms look at how to innovate an entire ag commodity industry Canada has been called the ‘breadbasket of the world’, but those claims have diminished over time, as other crops like canola now account for the greatest number of acres. So how can we increase interest in wheat? This …

The Dawning of a New Era in Plant Breeding

Gene Editing and Plant Biotechnology Gene editing technologies have emerged from the broader field of agricultural biotechnology, sometimes referred to as the gene revolution of agriculture. Gene editing allows for single gene-specific mutation, while standard mutagenic breeding resulted in tens of thousands of gene mutations. Mutagenesis has been used in …

What are the Environmental and Human Health Impacts of GM Corn?

A report on 21 years of GM corn data The first commercial production of GM corn was in the USA in 1995. In the subsequent 20+ years, the abundance of production data has provided the opportunity to begin to undertake a large meta-analysis of multiple publications. A meta-analysis takes the …