Insects like the stink bug could contribute to the world’s food security
Nutrition 11.02.2016

A new study by African scientists has identified essential nutrients in an edible insect known as stink bug and suggests it as an alternative food source to help meet the dietary demands of an increasing human population.[more]

Insects like the stink bug could contribute to the world’s food security
Experts perceive that the economic benefits of dams are overestimated, while the long-term consequences for biodiversity and fishing are underestimated.
Water 04.02.2016

In an international study scientists warn of the ecological and social consequences of 450 planned dams on the Amazon, Mekong and Congo rivers. [more]

Experts perceive that the economic benefits of dams are overestimated, while the long-term consequences for biodiversity and fishing are underestimated.
Rice paddies in Indonesia. Rice is this region’s most important staple food.
Rice production 28.01.2016

Especially in Asia’s major river deltas, rice farmers are already feeling the impact of climate change. Higher water demand during droughts and rising sea levels are threatening the harvests. The rice paddies themselves also...[more]

Rice paddies in Indonesia. Rice is this region’s most important staple food.
Health 20.01.2016

A German-Dutch team of researchers has succeeded in immunising dromedaries against the MERS virus. As the camels appear to be the major reservoir of the virus, the vaccine should also reduce the risk of future outbreaks of the...[more]

The world famous rice terraces in Banaue, Philippines
Plant breeding 05.01.2016

The growth of the world’s population in combination with a reduction of arable land area will require increased crop yields to meet future food needs. Additional problems will be caused by climate change. Due to this, plants are...[more]

The world famous rice terraces in Banaue, Philippines
Health 29.12.2015

Tuberculosis mortality has nearly halved over the past 25 years. But the disease now ranks alongside HIV among the leading infectious causes of death. Multi-resistance towards commonly used drugs is increasing dramatically. [more]

The map shows the estimated increase in biomass production that would be attainable if potential cropping intensities and commercial, market-oriented management practices were utilised.
Agriculture 22.12.2015

The rising demand for food around the world can be met without expansion of agricultural cropland – provided the land now available is optimally exploited – says a new study by scientists in Germany.[more]

The map shows the estimated increase in biomass production that would be attainable if potential cropping intensities and commercial, market-oriented management practices were utilised.
A technical assistant performing the Ebola-RPA test in the mobile diagnostics suitcase in Guinea.
Health 17.12.2015

Researchers have tested a new rapid diagnosis method for Ebola in a field trial in Guinea. With the solar-powered mobile laboratory Ebola can already be detected after 30 minutes. [more]

A technical assistant performing the Ebola-RPA test in the mobile diagnostics suitcase in Guinea.
The amount of 23 million cubic kilometers of groundwater is enough to cover the global land surface in a layer 180 metres deep
Water 10.12.2015

An international team of scientists with participation from the University of Göttingen in Germany has produced the first data-driven estimate of the Earth’s total supply of groundwater. [more]

The amount of 23 million cubic kilometers of groundwater is enough to cover the global land surface in a layer 180 metres deep
Food security 03.12.2015

Global food demand will double until mid-century, and in particular the demand for animal products will rise rapidly, a study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), shows.[more]

Southward shift in the tropical belt between the 1940s and 1970s
Climate change 25.11.2015

The tropical belt has been expanding since the 1980s with major impacts on areas of precipitation and drought worldwide.[more]

Southward shift in the tropical belt between the 1940s and 1970s
Cases of acute sleeping sickness in Uganda caused by trypanosome parasite were reduced by treating 500,000 cows
Health 19.11.2015

A method to stamp out human sleeping sickness by injecting cattle with a parasite-killing drug and spraying insecticide has proven effective in Uganda.[more]

Cases of acute sleeping sickness in Uganda caused by trypanosome parasite were reduced by treating 500,000 cows
Farm households having access to irrigation showed significantly higher values on the sustainability indices
Rural development 12.11.2015

A new way to categorise farms may give new insights into how to tailor intervention to farm type and make small farms more viable, according to a recent CGIAR study. [more]

Farm households having access to irrigation showed significantly higher values on the sustainability indices
The king protea (Protea cynaroides) is South Africa’s national flower
Biodiversity 05.11.2015

Climate change is threatening the diversity of flora in the South African Cape Region. Researchers from the German University of Hohenheim seek to save the area’s wealth of plants species and are currently compiling...[more]

The king protea (Protea cynaroides) is South Africa’s national flower
Land 29.10.2015

Grasslands are the largest terrestrial ecosystems and habitat to 800 million people. However, these grasslands are threatened. At this year’s World Food Day Colloquium at the University of Hohenheim in Germany, experts viewed the...[more]

Health 22.10.2015

An invasive weed may worsen the malaria epidemic in East Africa by sustaining the mosquitoes that transmit the disease, a study by the Kenya-based International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology says.[more]

Biodiversity 16.10.2015

An international team of biologists have compiled the first global overview of naturalisation and spread of alien plant species. The survey was based on the statistics for “naturalised” plants, which that include all species that...[more]

Agriculture 08.10.2015

At this year’s Tropentag in Berlin, Germany, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture presented some examples of how smallholders can make their production more efficient. Here, it also became apparent that the biggest...[more]

Biodiversity 24.09.2015

Warming of the world’s oceans is also going to result in considerable changes in maritime biodiversity. In some regions, this could lead to greater biodiversity. However, scientists are also worried about the threat of losing...[more]

Food security 15.06.2015

During the 1970s, when severe droughts affected West African farmers, cereal banks became popular in the region. However, things quickly became very quiet again about this type of food security scheme, probably also because many...[more]

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