Climate change 24.06.2016

In a survey on changes in pastureland on the Tibetan High Plateau, German scientists have concluded that global climate change is causing more damage to the grasslands than increasing land use. The Tibetan Highlands are a key...[more]

Agriculture 20.06.2016

A new pan-Africa mega initiative, ‘Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT)’, was launched recently as an ambitious and bold plan to address poverty, hunger and malnutrition across the African continent.[more]

The tested vaccine ‘rVSV-ZEBOV’ has proved a safe vaccine resulting in lasting formation of antibodies against the virus. © WHO/s. Hawkey
Ebola 10.06.2016

The clinical phase 1 trial of a potential vaccine against the much-feared Ebola virus was completed successfully at four sites in Africa and Europe. The scientists participating in the study are members of a consortium of experts...[more]

The tested vaccine ‘rVSV-ZEBOV’ has proved a safe vaccine resulting in lasting formation of antibodies against the virus. © WHO/s. Hawkey
The DNA sequence information will support efforts to provide farmers with high-yielding varieties resistant to diseases.
Biotechnology 03.06.2016

Researchers at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture have sequenced the genome of the cassava, enabling them to better understand the genetic basis of the plant’s disease resistance, quality and crop maturity.[more]

The DNA sequence information will support efforts to provide farmers with high-yielding varieties resistant to diseases.
A reliable diagnosis of the Zika virus is especially important for pregnant women. © NIAID
Health 27.05.2016

Scientists of Freiburg University in Germany have developed a test for the Zika virus that has demonstrated a high accuracy. A reliable diagnosis is particularly important during pregnancy because Zika virus infections have grave...[more]

A reliable diagnosis of the Zika virus is especially important for pregnant women. © NIAID
Climate change 20.05.2016

Part of the Middle East and North Africa may become uninhabitable due to climate change, says a study by the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Cyprus Institute. Hence the number of climate refugees could increase...[more]

Technology 13.05.2016

Scientists in Malaysia are perfecting a method to produce high-protein animal feed from palm waste by using the fungus Aspergillus terreus. This new method could offer a potential outlet for by-products of palm oil production.[more]

The southern cassowary is a domestic bird of the Australian tropics.
Environment 06.05.2016

Rare animal species are vital to maintaining tropical ecosystems and could cause a chain reaction of disastrous biodiversity loss if they go extinct, a recent study warns.[more]

The southern cassowary is a domestic bird of the Australian tropics.
Over 70 per cent of essential crop wild relative species are in urgent need of collection.
Crop protection 29.04.2016

A first of its kind global mapping project reveals gaps in wild crop genetic diversity for agriculture to adapt to future climate change.[more]

Over 70 per cent of essential crop wild relative species are in urgent need of collection.
Research 22.04.2016

Leading scientists of the Consultative Group on Agricultural Research (CGIAR) gathered with research partners and civil society in Johannesburg, South Africa, in April to set new research and investment priorities for the global...[more]

Vast quantities of discards clog up landfill sites and natural environments around the world. <br/>Photo: www.mkg-hamburg.de
Biotechnology 15.04.2016

According to a group of biologists in Japan, a new-found species of bacteria, named Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, breaks down plastic by using two enzymes to hydrolyse polyethylene terephthalate, or PET.[more]

Vast quantities of discards clog up landfill sites and natural environments around the world. <br/>Photo: www.mkg-hamburg.de
Ruminants like these goats in Kenya are responsible for the largest share of methane emissions from agriculture. <br/>Photo: © Klaus Butterbach-Bahl/KIT
Livestock 08.04.2016

Livestock production offers a significant opportunity to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining the economic and social benefits of the sector, according to a new international study.[more]

Ruminants like these goats in Kenya are responsible for the largest share of methane emissions from agriculture. <br/>Photo: © Klaus Butterbach-Bahl/KIT
The new chickpea variety is the first machine-harvestable variety released by ICRISAT in Andhra Pradesh/India.<br/>Photo: © ICRISAT (flickr)
Agriculture 31.03.2016

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics released a semi-erect chickpea variety that can be machine-harvested. With standard machinery, 2.25 tons can now be harvested within 75 minutes. This usually...[more]

The new chickpea variety is the first machine-harvestable variety released by ICRISAT in Andhra Pradesh/India.<br/>Photo: © ICRISAT (flickr)
The Anopheles mosquito has developed resistance to pyrethroid insecticides. <br/>Photo: © James Cathany/public domain image
Health 24.03.2016

Pyrethroid insecticides used to kill both farm pests and malaria-carrying mosquitoes. However, in recent years, a dramatic increase in resistance of malaria vectors in most African countries has been observed. Scientists are...[more]

The Anopheles mosquito has developed resistance to pyrethroid insecticides. <br/>Photo: © James Cathany/public domain image
Climate change will reduce availability of nutritious crops like vegetables.<br/>Photo: © David Trainer (flickr)
Climate change 17.03.2016

Climate change will severely impact global food production, causing an estimated 529,000 deaths by 2050 from resulting diet shifts compared with a future without higher carbon emissions, a study by English scientists predicts.[more]

Climate change will reduce availability of nutritious crops like vegetables.<br/>Photo: © David Trainer (flickr)
Fortified rice can be very effective to combat micronutrient deficiencies in the diet.<br/>Photo: © IRRI
Health 10.03.2016

Eating fortified rice increases the risk of hookworm infections, a study in Cambodian schoolchildren shows, suggesting that the rice’s added nutrients inadvertently help parasites grow.[more]

Fortified rice can be very effective to combat micronutrient deficiencies in the diet.<br/>Photo: © IRRI
Siphon irrigation in Tunisia.<br/>Photo: © FAO
Water 03.03.2016

Improved agricultural water management could halve the global food gap by 2050 and buffer some of the harmful climate change effects on crop yields. [more]

Siphon irrigation in Tunisia.<br/>Photo: © FAO
The new generation of hybrid plants in the greenhouse.
Plant breeding 18.02.2016

As hybrid plants provide a very high agricultural yield for only one generation, new hybrid seeds need to be produced every year. However, natural cloning via seeds might enable the efficiency of such plants to be passed on...[more]

The new generation of hybrid plants in the greenhouse.
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.

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