Scientific World

Plant protection

A team of scientists have identified a promising resistance gene that could help fight a devastating fungus called stem rust, which attacks wheat crops and threatens global food security.

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Climate change

An international team of researchers explored the potential of using finely ground rock to help with the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere on the road to achieving net-zero emissions and keeping global warming below…

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Innovation

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a condenser for countries where water is in short supply. Theirs is the first zero-energy solution for harvesting water from the atmosphere throughout the 24-hour daily cycle. It…

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Food systems

Better production, better nutrition and a better environment are the guiding concepts of the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), which is to take place under the leadership of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)…

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Soils

Intense agricultural use of soil is causing its degradation in many areas. Now researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland have developed a rapid test for measuring soil quality on site. This should allow farmers to monitor…

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Plant breeding

Australian researchers have succeeded in developing a Cavendish banana line that is resistant to the devastating Panama disease tropical race 4. (TR4). The Cavendish banana is the Number one export banana variety…

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Finance

The causal relationship between increased agricultural investment, agricultural development and economic development is a compelling finding from the agricultural revolutions in Europe, America and various parts of Asia.…

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Plant breeding

The first pearl millet hybrid – called Nafagnon - was released in Burkina Faso, West Africa. It was developed by ICRISAT-Africa and the Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles (INERA) in Burkina Faso. The…

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Environment

Excess of a single nutrient, such as nitrogen, may boost plant productivity, but the imbalance leads to less efficient water use as plants scramble for the nutrients they lack, a new study revealed.

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Plant protection

The African agricultural sector has to bear with dramatic costs due to Invasive Alien Species, scientists of the UK research institution CABI revealed in a recent study.

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