23 Feb 2017
22 Feb 2017
A common strategy to create high-yielding plants is hybrid breeding – crossing two different inbred lines to obtain characteristics superior to each parent. However, getting the inbred lines in the first place can be a hassle. Inbred lines consist of genetically uniform individuals and are created through numerous generations of self-crossing. In maize, the use of so-called “haploid inducers” provides a short cut to this cumbersome procedure, allowing to produce inbred lines in just one generation. A study by Laurine Gilles and colleagues, published today in The EMBO Journal, sheds light on the genetics behind haploid induction.
20 Feb 2017
On April 22, the citizens of the world are invited to participate in a massive March for Science. The initiative was launched by US scientists in response to "new policies [that] threaten to further restrict scientists' ability to carry out research and communicate their findings."