Scientific World

Climate effects may show positive or negative impacts on crop yield – depending on the type of soil
Soils

Global yield forecasts and early warning systems for bottlenecks in food supply are making only insufficient use of knowledge on geo soil data. IIASA in Austria shows that fluctuations in yield owing to different types…

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A leaf infested with black sigatoka
Plant protection

Black Sigatoka is one of the most dreaded diseases in banana cultivation. Scientists at the University of Wageningen have now decoded the hereditary matter of the plants and hope to be able to soon check the disease with…

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Plant breeding

The Government of Uganda released the first five high iron bean varieties that will provide more iron in the diets of millions of Ugandans who eat beans almost every day. Three of the released varieties are bush beans…

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Agroforestry

Trees grown on agricultural land significantly contribute to global carbon budgets, a recent study by an international team of scientists has revealed. To date, carbon stored by trees on agricultural land has been much…

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Health

The use of a newly-developed mosquito trap incorporating human odour has resulted in a 70 per cent decline in the population of the most significant malaria mosquito on the Kenyan island of Rusinga. The number of malaria…

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Water

Boosting food production with limited water availability is of great importance to humanity. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, have discovered that plants are able to switch to a water-saving…

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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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