Scientific World

Climate change

Even if fossil fuel emissions stopped immediately, emissions from the global food system alone could raise global temperatures by more than 1.5°Celsius, new research from an international team led by the University of…

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Livestock

In a multi-national collaborative effort, scientists have announced the discovery of a new set of detailed genetic markers in African cattle that are associated with valuable traits, such as heat and drought tolerance,…

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Biodiversity

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) recently announced that none of its 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets for 2020 had been reached. Preparing for the next generation of biodiversity goals for 2030 and 2050, an…

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Health

Despite significant progress in prevention and therapy, millions of people still get infected with HIV/AIDS every year. The main burden of HIV/AIDS falls on Africa. To contain the epidemic, innovative methods are needed…

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Agriculture

The concentration of nitrous oxide– also known as “laughing gas” - in the atmosphere is rising sharply and driving climate change. After methane and CO2, it is the third most important greenhouse gas freed by human…

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Research

For the first time, wheat blast, a fast-acting and devastating fungal disease, has been reported on the African continent, according to a new article published by scientists from the Zambian Agricultural Research…

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Agroforestry

The expansion and intensification of agriculture as well as the associated land clearing are threatening both biodiversity and human wellbeing in tropical areas. Implementing agroforestry systems through a landscape…

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Agriculture

The Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research - CGIAR - launched the Excellence in Agronomy 2030 Initiative – EiA - at the African Green Revolution Forum in September to improve outcomes for smallholder…

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Plant breeding

Researchers have discovered how a protein in plant roots controls the uptake of minerals and water, a finding which could improve the tolerance of agricultural crops to climate change and reduce the need for chemical…

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Forestry

A long time-series dataset demonstrates that active restoration helps forests to regenerate after disturbances. Although forests have the ability to recover naturally, they regenerate faster with active restoration.

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