Scientific World

Water

Against the backdrop of climate change and rising water demand, tools for adequately modelling water availability are much needed. In a new study, researchers applied a large-scale model linking surface water to…

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Agriculture

By enhancing Ethiopian farmers’ technical knowledge, chickpea yields in Ethiopia could be significantly increased, according to a recent study by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics…

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Biodiversity

Two major scientific publications have just revealed some surprising findings about the world’s plant biodiversity. The first refutes a widely accepted theory: the climate is not the only factor explaining biodiversity…

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Plant breeding

Researchers of the Technical University of Munich in Germany, working in international science teams, are conducting experiments to identify untapped genetic resources to increase wheat yields around the world.

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Plant breeding

Researchers at the University of California, Davis/USA, have found a way to reduce the amount of nitrogen fertilisers needed to grow cereal crops. It could save farmers billions of dollars annually in fertiliser costs.…

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Biodiversity

Africa's protected areas (PAs) are the last stronghold of the continent's unique biodiversity, but they appear increasingly threatened by climate change, substantial human population growth, and land-use change.

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Ocean

An international team of scientists have developed new monitoring indicators for the protection of marine and coastal areas. In their study, they show that large gaps exist in the protection of marine ecosystems.…

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Biotechnology

Researchers from ETH Zurich/Switzerland, the United States and Uganda have identified the gene responsible for resistance in certain cassava cultivars against the devastating cassava mosaic disease. This is an important…

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Agriculture

A first-of-its-kind analysis of the untapped genetic potential of wheat shows that global yields are only half of what they could be.

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Food crisis

As the world comes to terms with a potential global food crisis triggered by the conflict in Ukraine, CGIAR researchers have identified priority actions for global policy makers to mitigate supply and price shocks and to…

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