1. Agriculture

    Livestock: A need to save rare breeds

    New studies and ongoing work highlight why society should save rare livestock breeds — and the part that technology can play.

  2. Agriculture

    Explainer: What is a gene bank?

    Most banks store money. But some very special ones store deposits that may prove even more valuable: tissues that could prevent the extinction of breeds and species.

  3. Tech

    Drones put spying eyes in the sky

    From keeping tabs on changing landscapes to protecting animals from poachers, scientists are using drones to push their fields forward.

  4. Plants

    Saving the banana

    A number of diseases threaten the world’s most popular fruit. Scientists are working to fight these blights. But if they don’t succeed, the sweet banana that’s a breakfast staple could disappear.

  5. Environment

    Bug-killer linked to decline in birds

    One of the most popular chemicals used to protect crops from bugs may also take a toll on birds, a Dutch study finds. U.S. farmers also rely on these insecticides, a second study finds.

  6. Agriculture

    Your food choices affect Earth’s climate

    Producing food can put a lot of climate-warming pollutants into the atmosphere. But some foods, especially meats, contribute more than others.

  7. Microbes

    Superbugs: A silent health emergency

    Have antibiotics become too popular? Overusing these medicines fuels resistant germs that pose a global health threat.

  8. Agriculture

    How to limit the need for pesticides

    The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests taking steps to limit children’s exposure to pesticides.

  9. Animals

    Why are bees vanishing?

    Scientists find evidence that pesticides, disease and other threats are devastating bees. And that could hurt farmers big time.

  10. Agriculture

    The cabbage’s clock

    A newly harvested plant, fruit or vegetable does not turn off — like a switch — and die, scientists report. Instead, an internal “clock” inside the fresh-picked plant continues to tick away. It responds to light and darkness, just as when it had been rooted in the soil.

  11. Chemistry

    A plant enemy’s enemy

    Plants use chemicals to recruit help in fighting off pests.

  12. Agriculture

    Cool Jobs: Green Science

    In parts of the Arctic, entire forests are creeping northward. Luckily, ecologist Serge Payette is hot on their trail.