Scientific World

Environment

Even the modification of a single gene can influence an entire ecosystem, as researchers have found out with a genetic-ecological experiment. In the experiment, mutation of just one plant gene simultaneously transformed…

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Research

In a genome-wide association study (GWAS) with 500 wheat varieties, researchers in Germany have identified 14 gene locations associated with constantly low yield losses caused by the wheat dwarf virus. These so-called…

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Climate change

In 2010-2019, average annual global greenhouse gas emissions were at their highest levels in human history, but the rate of growth has slowed. However, without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors,…

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Research

Scientists from Singapore and Malaysia have derived oils from microalgae that could replace palm oil in food production. This oil contains more polyunsaturated fatty acids, which can help reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol levels…

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Biodiversity

The African BioGenome Project (AfricaBP) aims to sequence the genomes of more than 100,000 African endemic species. It is an effort by African scientists to safeguard African biodiversity while bringing genomics and…

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Agriculture

Scientists have produced a map showing where the world’s major food crops should be grown to maximise yield and minimise environmental impact. This would capture large amounts of carbon, increase biodiversity, and cut…

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Plant breeding

A maize transporter responsible for the regulation of iron and zinc in balance in maize has been identified by a team of Chinese scientists. The discovery provides opportunities for genetic resources and a theoretical…

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Gender

Farmers who are faced with plant health problems can visit plant clinics staffed by plant doctors, who provide diagnoses and recommendations. In India, plant clinics have been referring farmers to local biopesticide…

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Fisheries

As a reaction to the recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). WorldFish highlights that transitioning to aquatic food-based diets offers a huge opportunity for putting our food systems on a…

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Climate change

The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has finalised the second part of the Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, the Working Group II contribution to the Sixth…

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