Cannabis – the source of the drug marijuana – virtually disappeared from Europe just as farmers arrived, so they didn’t get the chance to grow it for another 4500 years
While buzzing between flowers, bees can solve the maths dilemma called the travelling salesman problem by finding the shortest route that visits every blossom
If humanity expects to feed its booming population off a static amount of farmland, it's going to need help. The post Robots Wielding Water Knives Are the Future of Farming appeared first on WIRED.
No seeds were lost, but the ability of the rock vault to provide failsafe protection against all disasters is now threatened by climate change. The post The Arctic Doomsday Seed Vault Flooded. Thanks, Global Warming appeared first on WIRED.
A new high-resolution sequence of the barley genome could pave the way for better malt. The post You Want Better Beer? Good. Here's a Better Barley Genome appeared first on WIRED.
A scientist goes on a search for old soil, and his research reveals a promising result: Humans can slow climate change simply by feeding people. The post A Crucial Climate Mystery Hides Just Beneath Your Feet appeared first on WIRED.
The history of coffee gives us surprising insight into the future of the world's most popular banana. The post Humans Made the Banana Perfect—But Soon, It'll Be Gone appeared first on WIRED.
The buttery, nutty Hass has lots going for it, but horticulturists and geneticists want to do better—and save avocados from a future of pests and drought. The post The Long, Lonely Quest to Breed the Ultimate Avocado appeared first on WIRED.