Soils

Increasing pressure on farming systems has severely affected soil health and fertility. Biochar, a multifunctional carbon material, is being actively explored globally for simultaneously addressing the concerns related…

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In a genome-wide association study (GWAS) with 500 wheat varieties, researchers in Germany have identified 14 gene locations associated with constantly low yield losses caused by the wheat dwarf virus. These so-called…

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Scientists from Singapore and Malaysia have derived oils from microalgae that could replace palm oil in food production. This oil contains more polyunsaturated fatty acids, which can help reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol levels…

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The Swiss agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is launching a new development research programme with a long-standing partner, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). The programme supports high-level…

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Modern agricultural and sanitation systems depend on linear, one-way resource flows. However, these models are resource-intensive and wasteful. To address this problem equitably and sustainably, the RUNRES project seeks…

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In our 1/21 edition on “Innovations”, we demonstrated the role that implementation research can play in getting innovations off the shelf and into practice. Taking a regional project on enhancing rice production in Asia,…

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Development projects rarely play by the book. Unpredicted challenges and opportunities can emerge in any project – as the world painfully observed in 2020. ‘Accompanying research’ embeds continuous, systematic research…

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It can easily take years for agricultural innovations to find real-world practical application. There are a wide range of reasons for this which are familiar to the agricultural research community. But how can…

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The 2030 Research and Innovation Strategy situates the international research partnership CGIAR in the evolving global context, which demands a systems transformation approach for food, land, and water systems. Covering…

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For the first time, wheat blast, a fast-acting and devastating fungal disease, has been reported on the African continent, according to a new article published by scientists from the Zambian Agricultural Research…

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