Agriculture

The concentration of nitrous oxide– also known as “laughing gas” - in the atmosphere is rising sharply and driving climate change. After methane and CO2, it is the third most important greenhouse gas freed by human…

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Research

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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Agroforestry

The expansion and intensification of agriculture as well as the associated land clearing are threatening both biodiversity and human wellbeing in tropical areas. Implementing agroforestry systems through a landscape…

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Agriculture

The Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research - CGIAR - launched the Excellence in Agronomy 2030 Initiative – EiA - at the African Green Revolution Forum in September to improve outcomes for smallholder…

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Plant breeding

Researchers have discovered how a protein in plant roots controls the uptake of minerals and water, a finding which could improve the tolerance of agricultural crops to climate change and reduce the need for chemical…

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Forestry

A long time-series dataset demonstrates that active restoration helps forests to regenerate after disturbances. Although forests have the ability to recover naturally, they regenerate faster with active restoration.

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Forestry

Although many modelling forecasts and government policies suggest that forests must be destroyed to make way for agriculture and provide food security as the global population soars from 7.8 billion to meet U.N.…

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Plant protection

Researchers in China have discovered a chemical compound that causes solitary locusts to form massive swarms. 4VA, as the chemical is known for short, could represent a breakthrough in combating locust plagues and…

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Environment

Environmental policy decisions are often based on so-called tipping points. An international research now reveals that such tipping points are hardly detectable in environmental data. The team concludes this from an…

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Agroecology

With the severe impacts that climate change is having on food security and nutrition, there is an urgent call for more sustainable and climate-resilient food systems. The quest for sustainable solutions is gaining…

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