America the Bountiful ag workforce event highlights Penn State initiative

PlantVillage, an online crop-disease knowledge library and image database co-founded by a Penn State researcher, was represented at an event unveiling a new agricultural workforce development initiative Oct. 6 in Washington, D.C. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the White House Rural Council announced America the Bountiful, which will include wide-ranging efforts to expand and diversify the U.S. agriculture workforce.

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Sunflowers move from east to west, and back, by the clock

When they're mature, sunflowers stop tracking the sun and instead face solely eastward.

It’s summertime, and the fields of Yolo County, Calif., are filled with rows of sunflowers, dutifully facing the rising sun.

 

At the nearby University of California, Davis, plant biologists have now discovered how sunflowers use their internal circadian “clocks,” acting on growth hormones, to follow the sun during the day as they grow.

 

“It’s the first example of a plant’s clock modulating growth in a natural environment, and having real repercussions for the plant,” said …

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This is an NSF News – Biology item.