Agriculture

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in cooperation with the Bill-and-Melinda-Gates Foundation announced the second phase of the project “Harnessing Opportunities for…

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Climate change

In a survey on changes in pastureland on the Tibetan High Plateau, German scientists have concluded that global climate change is causing more damage to the grasslands than increasing land use. The Tibetan Highlands are…

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Agriculture

A new pan-Africa mega initiative, ‘Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT)’, was launched recently as an ambitious and bold plan to address poverty, hunger and malnutrition across the African…

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The tested vaccine ‘rVSV-ZEBOV’ has proved a safe vaccine resulting in lasting formation of antibodies against the virus. © WHO/s. Hawkey
Health

The clinical phase 1 trial of a potential vaccine against the much-feared Ebola virus was completed successfully at four sites in Africa and Europe. The scientists participating in the study are members of a consortium…

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The DNA sequence information will support efforts to provide farmers with high-yielding varieties resistant to diseases.
Biotechnology

Researchers at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture have sequenced the genome of the cassava, enabling them to better understand the genetic basis of the plant’s disease resistance, quality and crop…

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A reliable diagnosis of the Zika virus is especially important for pregnant women. © NIAID
Health

Scientists of Freiburg University in Germany have developed a test for the Zika virus that has demonstrated a high accuracy. A reliable diagnosis is particularly important during pregnancy because Zika virus infections…

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Climate change

Part of the Middle East and North Africa may become uninhabitable due to climate change, says a study by the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Cyprus Institute. Hence the number of climate refugees could…

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Composting

Scientists in Malaysia are perfecting a method to produce high-protein animal feed from palm waste by using the fungus Aspergillus terreus. This new method could offer a potential outlet for by-products of palm oil…

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The southern cassowary is a domestic bird of the Australian tropics.
Environment

Rare animal species are vital to maintaining tropical ecosystems and could cause a chain reaction of disastrous biodiversity loss if they go extinct, a recent study warns.

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Over 70 per cent of essential crop wild relative species are in urgent need of collection.
Plant protection

A first of its kind global mapping project reveals gaps in wild crop genetic diversity for agriculture to adapt to future climate change.

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