Plant breeding

Experts have unlocked the key to photosynthesis, a find that could help us meet food security demands. The study shows how an electrical reaction in protein complex cytochrome b6f provides the energy that plants need to…

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Climate change

A new study by an international group of scientists finds we are releasing more of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide into the atmosphere than previously thought. A main factor is the significant increase of nitrogen-rich…

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Environment

Brazilian scientists have developed a new technique to generate a biodegradable plastic as strong as traditional ones made of petroleum. Bioplastics are less harmful to the environment and could help tackle pollution.

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Agriculture

Projections of global rice yields account for climate change. They do not, however, consider the coupled stresses of impending climate change and arsenic in paddy soils, as a new study by an international team of…

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Environment

Making palm oil production more sustainable without reducing the yield seems to be possible, new research indicates.

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Biodiversity

Even the smallest insects can be reliably documented using satellite data, researchers report. Consequently, free radar data can offer an alternative to high-resolution laser scan data.

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Plant protection

Asian Soybean Rust poses a significant threat to soybean producers. An international consortium of plant researchers has now achieved an important milestone in the fight against this devastating soybean disease.

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Agriculture

Global warming is expected to increase the frequency and intensity of severe water scarcity events, which negatively affect rain-fed crops such as wheat. Scientists have developed a method to simultaneously quantify such…

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Plant breeding

Swiss researchers in cooperation with the CGIAR centre CIAT are involved in the development and implementation of a method to efficiently breed for disease-resistant beans in different regions of the world. Their work…

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Fisheries

A recent study by an international research team and WorldFish reveals the potential of marine fisheries to help tackle nutrient deficiencies suffered by millions in coastal areas. The study also shows that children in…

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