On the Plate Breakfast

Explore the science that fuels your breakfast! Click on the eggs, bacon, toast, orange juice, and yogurt to learn more.

Breakfast

Wheat

In 2016, wheat generated $8.9 billion in farm cash receipts. Wheat is the third-largest field crop produced in the U.S., the majority of which is used to produce bread flour.

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Stories about Wheat

Colorado State University
CSU Develops New Varieties of Wheat

As home to one of the nation’s best-known wheat-breeding programs, Colorado State University has...

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Texas A&M University
Drones Help Researchers Monitor High Plains Wheat

The Texas A&M AgriLife Research dryland wheat variety nursery near Bushland is being monitored...

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University of California, Davis
Fast-tracking an Improved Wheat Harvest

Fifty years ago, Norman Borlaug toiled for a decade to breed more productive varieties of wheat....

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Integrating Two Types of Crop Models to Predict the Effect of Climate Change on Crop Yields

Scientists now have a new tool to predict the future effects of climate change on crop yields....

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Kansas State University
Kansas State University Researchers Help With Landmark Study of Wild Wheat Ancestor

Kansas State University scientists are part of a breakthrough study in which an international...

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Kansas State University
Kansas State University Researchers Using Gene-Editing Technology to Improve Wheat

Kansas State University researchers say their work to improve genes in wheat varieties using a...

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Purdue University
Optimizing Vitamin B1 Delivery in Food Products

In 1889, a physician studying beriberi (now called thiamin deficiency) discovered that the...

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Colorado State University
Study Led by CSU, USDA Finds National Plant Germplasm System Critical for Plant Breeding

Drivers heading south on East Drive or north on Mason Street in Fort Collins may not know that...

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Kansas State University
Wheat Code Finally Cracked; Wheat Genome Sequence Will Bring Stronger Wheat Varieties to Farmers

Kansas State University scientists, in collaboration with the International Wheat Genome...

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Oranges

Oranges are valued at around $1.9 billion annually and an excellent source of Vitamin C. Researchers are currently working to address Citrus Greening Disease, which represents a serious threat to U.S. production.

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Stories about Oranges

University of Florida
A Glass of OJ May Soon Come From Citrus-greening Tolerant Fruit

Some people like to wake up and drink a glass of fresh Florida orange juice. With the greening...

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University of Florida
Could an 8 Million-year-old Gene Help the Citrus Industry? UF Researchers Think So

After 100 years of assertions about the roots of citrus, a global group of scientists – including...

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University of Florida
Creating an Early Detection System for Florida’s Diversifying Agriculture Sector

In Florida, agriculture is diversifying. Farmers in the state produce the most oranges,...

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Texas A&M University
Feds Approve Wider Testing of Spinach Defenses Against Citrus Greening Disease

In a landmark step in the fight against citrus greening disease, the U.S. Environmental...

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Dairy

Dairy products are an excellent source of nutrients, vitamin D, and protein and are associated with better bone health, especially in children. Valued at $35 billion, there are over 40,000 dairy farms in the U.S.

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Stories about Dairy

Michigan State University
Estimating Effects of Genes: One Size May Not Fit All

For decades, animal breeders have benefited from databases of livestock performance information...

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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Having Cows Put Protein Into Milk, Not Waste, Is Researchers Goal

“On average, only about a quarter of the crude protein in a dairy ration goes to milk,” says...

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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lactation Sensation: Laura Hernandez Works to Improve Milk Production, For the Benefit of Both Cows and Humans

When the city girl decides to study lactation, she must first learn to milk a cow. Laura...

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Purdue University
Rapid, Low-temperature Process Adds Weeks to Milk’s Shelf Life

A rapid heating and cooling of milk significantly reduces the amount of harmful bacteria present,...

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Colorado State University
Revolutionizing Understanding of Antimicrobial Resistance With Genome Analysis

Antimicrobial resistant-microbes (AMRs) pose a serious threat to public health. AMRs are found in...

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Pork

The U.S. is the world's largest exporter of pork. Nationwide, more than 60,000 pork producers annually market more than 115 million hogs. The industry generates nearly $19 billion in cash receipts.

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Stories about Pork

Michigan State University
Improving Genetic Selection May Hold Key to Peaceful Pig Grouping

Growing concern over the welfare of agricultural animals has led many states to pass legislation...

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Improving Pig Fertility to Boost Efficiency

Raising pigs is a tricky business. High production costs place a premium on effective breeding...

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Kansas State University
Research Keys Advances in Swine Industry the Past 20 Years

A Kansas State University swine scientist says that advances in how pigs are raised have led to...

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Colorado State University
Revolutionizing Understanding of Antimicrobial Resistance With Genome Analysis

Antimicrobial resistant-microbes (AMRs) pose a serious threat to public health. AMRs are found in...

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Texas A&M University
U.S. Decline in Meat Protein Consumption Raises Concern for Texas A&M Scientist

A 14 percent decline in U.S. consumer meat consumption over the past decade has caused alarm with...

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University of Tennessee
UTIA/MTSU Partnership Establishes Organic Forage Cropping Systems

Across the U.S., there is a growing market for organic forages due to increased consumer demand...

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Eggs

Eggs are a good source of protein and essential vitamins. In just one month, the U.S. egg industry can produce over 7.5 billion eggs. This industry generated $6.5 billion in cash farm receipts in 2016.

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Stories about Eggs

Washington University in St. Louis
Protein-rich Diet May Help Soothe Inflamed Gut

Immune cells patrol the gut to ensure that harmful microbes hidden in the food we eat don’t sneak...

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Whole Eggs Better for Muscle Building and Repair Than Egg Whites, Researchers Find

People who consume 18 grams of protein from whole eggs or from egg whites after engaging in...

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