Environment

How can food be made to keep longer without using plastic packaging? Scientists at the University of Bonn/Germany are making use of old packaging techniques based on plant leaves and optimising them by combining them…

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Climate change

New technologies are needed to combat climate change. Now bioinformatics specialists might have found a way of enabling plants to store more carbon dioxide.

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Environment

Disturbed natural ecosystems can recover, but after short interventions, the composition of species often sees a permanent change. This is the conclusion drawn by an international study headed by the University of…

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Land governance

A new study considers a smart design of land tenure for farmers in African countries to be a key factor in dealing with climate change in the region. Tenants should pay a fixed share of the harvest rather than a fixed…

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Climate change

Researchers from ETH Zurich and other universities have found evidence that expanding irrigation has dampened anthropogenic warming during hot days, with particularly strong effects over South Asia.

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Food security

Almost half of current food production is harmful to our planet – causing biodiversity loss, ecosystem degradation and water stress. A study led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) now suggests a…

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Fisheries

A new report estimates that the ocean could provide six times more food than it does today – including more than two-thirds of the protein needed to feed the future world population – provided it is sustainably managed.

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Nutrition

A new study by the German University of Göttingen shows that food from supermarkets in Kenya contributes to a reduction of child undernutrition and does not cause child obesity.

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Plant protection

A single volatile substance can be sufficient to induce a defence response in sweet potatoes to herbivores. Researchers have identified this substance and shown that the mechanism is not only limited to the attacked…

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Soils

ETH Zurich researchers of the Swiss ETH Zurich are re-examining the causes of soil erosion around the world – and have found that countries themselves have a surprisingly strong influence on their soil. This country…

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