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Listening for Danger

Plants respond to leaf vibrations caused by insects' chewing

In a collaboration that brings together audio and chemical analysis, MU researchers have determined that plants respond to the sounds that caterpillars make when eating plants and that the plants respond with more defenses.

Planting Progress

Corn planting on target; 26 percent of crop sowed

With 26 percent of the Missouri corn crop planted, farmers are right on target.

A Safer Bean

'Healthy' soybeans can replace oils with unsafe trans fats

Researchers at CAFNR have found a way to create soybean oil that has no trans fats.

Two For Four

CAFNR does well in Chancellor's outstanding staff awards

Two of four recipients of the 2011 Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award were CAFNR staff members. The awards recognize individual staff contributions to the University.

Growing rice where it has never been grown before

A Missouri research program may help better feed an increasingly hungry world

In an unexpected place, the Bootheel of Missouri, a research program that could increase rice production began just as the world was reading the shortage news. Using a system of watering familiar to Midwestern farmers, center-pivot irrigation, the study is looking to grow rice on land where it cannot now be planted. If successful, the project could significantly increase rice production.