Scientific World

Biotechnology

In collaboration with local economists, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has analysed the expected economic benefits to farmers and consumers resulting from the adoption of GM crops in five…

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Climate change

Scientists from the University of Western Australia discovered how plants control the amount of carbon from photosynthesis that they store to build biomass using a metabolic channel. This is a relatively rare plant…

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Plant breeding

An international research team show which signalling pathways make plants more resistant to flooding. The scientists have succeeded in demonstrating that plants can survive longer without oxygen if they have previously…

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Agroforestry

Joint research conducted by an interdisciplinary international team geospatially modelled and quantified above- and belowground biomass carbon on agricultural land, assessing the mitigation benefits of increasing tree…

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Biotechnology

With the help of the CRISPR/Cas molecular scissors, genetic information in a plant can be modified to make the latter more robust to pests, diseases, or extreme climatic conditions. Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of…

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Biodiversity

A team of Swiss and Canadian researchers has shown that plant communities can be reliably monitored using imaging spectroscopy, which in the future will be possible via satellite. This paves the way for near real-time…

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Soils

The Tibetan highlands have a special significance both as a grazing ecosystem and global carbon store. Furthermore, they play a key role in the formation of the monsoon and supply of potable water for a fifth of the…

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Nutrition

Malnutrition in developing countries is best addressed not by increasing the variety of crops grown on smallholder farms, but by improving access to markets. This is the conclusion of a recent study by the MwAPATA…

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Energy

Almost one billion people are still living without access to reliable and affordable electricity. Knowing where these people are is crucial if aid and infrastructure are to reach them. A new study led by the…

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Livestock

A serendipitous discovery has led researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Kenya and the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland to identify a genetic marker that…

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