Scientific World

Biodiversity

Climate change might lead to changes in plant diversity, especially in the world’s drylands researchers have found. They warn that this could also have consequences for the people living in the affected regions.

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Livestock

The farming of livestock to feed the global appetite for animal products greatly contributes to global warming. However, a new study shows that thanks to greater production efficiency, emission intensity per unit of…

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Cocoa production

Cocoa, a major commodity globally, depends on insects for pollination. However, the cocoa pollinator’s identity is largely unknown and there are important knowledge gaps regarding landscape and farm-level management…

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Health

Scientists at the University Hospital of Tübingen/Germany have been able to demonstrate broad protection against malaria using a whole parasite PfSPZ vaccine.

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Biodiversity

Tree plantations are supposed to help compensate the loss of pristine forest habitats. However, their contribution to biodiversity conservation is limited. For example, plantations host a significantly lower number of…

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Agriculture

A new meta-study confirms that nitrous oxide emissions can be reduced by boosting nitrogen productivity, crop yield and use of “4Rs” - right source, right timing, right placement and right application.

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Plant breeding

German and Chinese researchers have found out that maize can attract soil bacteria which help the plants to grow better. Their findings could enable plants to be bred which require less fertiliser and are therefore less…

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Plant protection

Plants use the signalling molecule GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) to remember the dryness of a day, a recent study shows. This signalling molecule is known from animals to limit their water loss.

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Plant protection

Researchers have decoded the genetic make-up of whitefly species that spread plant diseases and damage crops, raising hopes for tackling the devastating pest.

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Plant breeding

An international team of scientists have successfully developed cassava with high-level resistance to cassava mosaic disease (CMD) and cassava brown streak disease (CBSD), as well as with higher levels of iron and zinc.

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