Scientific World

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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Research

Leading scientists of the Consultative Group on Agricultural Research (CGIAR) gathered with research partners and civil society in Johannesburg, South Africa, in April to set new research and investment priorities for…

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Vast quantities of discards clog up landfill sites and natural environments around the world. <br/>Photo: www.mkg-hamburg.de
Biotechnology

According to a group of biologists in Japan, a new-found species of bacteria, named Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, breaks down plastic by using two enzymes to hydrolyse polyethylene terephthalate, or PET.

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Ruminants like these goats in Kenya are responsible for the largest share of methane emissions from agriculture. <br/>Photo: © Klaus Butterbach-Bahl/KIT
Livestock

Livestock production offers a significant opportunity to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining the economic and social benefits of the sector, according to a new international study.

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The new chickpea variety is the first machine-harvestable variety released by ICRISAT in Andhra Pradesh/India.<br/>Photo: © ICRISAT (flickr)
Agriculture

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics released a semi-erect chickpea variety that can be machine-harvested. With standard machinery, 2.25 tons can now be harvested within 75 minutes. This…

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