Agroforestry 26.08.2016

Trees grown on agricultural land significantly contribute to global carbon budgets, a recent study by an international team of scientists has revealed. To date, carbon stored by trees on agricultural land has been much ignored.[more]

Technology 19.08.2016

The use of a newly-developed mosquito trap incorporating human odour has resulted in a 70 per cent decline in the population of the most significant malaria mosquito on the Kenyan island of Rusinga. The number of malaria...[more]

Water 12.08.2016

Boosting food production with limited water availability is of great importance to humanity. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, have discovered that plants are able to switch to a water-saving mode when...[more]

Dr Anitha Seetha, Scientist, ICRISAT, Malawi explaining the new technology. <br/> Photo: © ICRISAT
Health 05.08.2016

A new technology that detects aflatoxins on location can save lives and open export markets for African and Asian countries: the rapid test kit device. Combined with a mobile extraction kit, it will be the first portable...[more]

Dr Anitha Seetha, Scientist, ICRISAT, Malawi explaining the new technology. <br/> Photo: © ICRISAT
Model of chloride avoidance on saline soils. <br/> Graphic: Dietmar Geiger
Plant breeding 31.07.2016

Increasing salinisation of soils is a problem for agriculture worldwide. Researchers at the University of Wuerzburg have now studied how plants regulate salt uptake. Their results could be important for breeding salt-resistant...[more]

Model of chloride avoidance on saline soils. <br/> Graphic: Dietmar Geiger
The rapid development of a safe and effective ZIKV vaccine is a global health priority.
Health 22.07.2016

An international team of researchers have achieved a crucial breakthrough in the treatment of the ZIKA virus. For the first time, they have developed two vaccine candidates that fully protected mice against the virus after just...[more]

The rapid development of a safe and effective ZIKV vaccine is a global health priority.
Environment 15.07.2016

Coral reefs are a food source for millions of people in the tropics, but many do not deliver the expected catch any more. What influences fish abundance in these environments? An international team of 39 researchers explored this...[more]

Health 08.07.2016

A new and inexpensive technique for mass-producing the main ingredient in the most effective treatment for malaria, artemisinin, could help meet global demands for the drug, according to a study to be published in the journal...[more]

Plant protection 01.07.2016

Scientists at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, are developing a new coating method to protect seeds from being eaten by insects. In doing so, they have drawn inspiration from the humble peach and a few of its peers.[more]

Agriculture 28.06.2016

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in cooperation with the Bill-and-Melinda-Gates Foundation announced the second phase of the project “Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity...[more]

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.

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