Scientific World

Rice production

Rice is the main food staple for more than half of the global population, and as the population grows, demand for rice is expected to grow, too. The challenge is producing more rice on existing cropland, and doing so…

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Climate change

Traditional weather and climate forecasting rely predominantly on numerical models. A new prediction framework developed by the German Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact (PIK) may save the lives of hundreds of…

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Water

In some regions, accessing clean drinking water is becoming more and more difficult. An international team of researchers are optimising metal-organic frameworks at atom level with which water can be “harvested” from the…

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Plant breeding

Researchers have sequenced the genome of the shea tree, a vital social and economic crop best known as a source for the popular ingredient shea butter, which is found in products like cosmetics and chocolate.

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Plant breeding

An international team of researchers from 41 organisations has assembled chickpea’s (chana) pan-genome by sequencing the genomes of 3,366 chickpea lines from 60 countries. Grown in more than 50 countries, chickpea is the…

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Environment

New research from Conservation International maps the places on Earth that humanity must protect to avoid a climate catastrophe. These ecosystems contain what researchers call “irrecoverable carbon” , dense stores of…

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Fisheries

Animal production is a major contributor to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, mainly due to the feed production and global trade. Aquaculture is no exception when considering the species which are “fed”, i.e.…

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Fisheries

Nobody doubts that the world’s meat consumption is far from being sustainable. For many people, and also for many reasons, making do without animal protein is out of the question. For some years now, cellular-based meat…

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Plant breeding

How can farming get fit for climate change? The issue already arises in seed production. Scientists from the Research Group “Right Seeds” at the University of Oldenburg/Germany argue that genetic diversity and regionally…

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Climate change

Climate change may affect the production of maize (corn) and wheat as early as 2030 under a high greenhouse gas emissions scenario, according to a new study by scientists from NASA and the Potsdam Institute for Climate…

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