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Dr Anitha Seetha, Scientist, ICRISAT, Malawi explaining the new technology. <br/> Photo: © ICRISAT
Health

A new technology that detects aflatoxins on location can save lives and open export markets for African and Asian countries: the rapid test kit device. Combined with a mobile extraction kit, it will be the first portable…

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Model of chloride avoidance on saline soils. <br/> Graphic: Dietmar Geiger
Plant breeding

Increasing salinisation of soils is a problem for agriculture worldwide. Researchers at the University of Wuerzburg have now studied how plants regulate salt uptake. Their results could be important for breeding…

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The rapid development of a safe and effective ZIKV vaccine is a global health priority.
Health

An international team of researchers have achieved a crucial breakthrough in the treatment of the ZIKA virus. For the first time, they have developed two vaccine candidates that fully protected mice against the virus…

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Ocean

Coral reefs are a food source for millions of people in the tropics, but many do not deliver the expected catch any more. What influences fish abundance in these environments? An international team of 39 researchers…

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Health

A new and inexpensive technique for mass-producing the main ingredient in the most effective treatment for malaria, artemisinin, could help meet global demands for the drug, according to a study to be published in the…

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Plant protection

Scientists at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, are developing a new coating method to protect seeds from being eaten by insects. In doing so, they have drawn inspiration from the humble peach and a few of its peers.

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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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