Scientific World

Agriculture

Increasing global food demand will require more food production without further exceeding the planetary boundaries while simultaneously adapting to climate change. An international team of researchers used simulation…

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Agriculture

A genetic “off switch” that shuts down the process in which legume plants convert atmospheric nitrogen into nutrients has been identified for the first time by a team of international scientists, led by researchers of La…

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Agriculture

Lack of nitrogen limits food production in poor countries, while excessive nitrogen use in industrial countries has led to transgression of the planetary boundary. However, the potential of spatial redistribution of…

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Climate change

Abrupt shifts within complex systems such as the Earth’s climate system are extremely hard to predict. Scientists of two German research insitutes have now succeeded in developing a new method to anticipate such tipping…

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Agroecology

Agroecological food system transformation has been identified as one solution to repair the broken global food system. However, in-depth evidence of the agroecological status, based on the ten elements of agroecology,…

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Soils

Addressing soil health is recognised as a key strategy to improve fertiliser efficiency, and this is particularly important in Africa, where fertiliser is a scarce resource. Our authors have established the potential…

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Innovation

A new startup company, based at the UK’s University of Bath, is leading the charge to a new form of sustainable power, by creating a battery that recharges itself when placed in soil.

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Agriculture

New research by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and the International Institute of Applied Science (IIASA) proposes using soil bacteria to cut greenhouse gas emissions from food production.

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Food security

In the fight against global hunger, the human and financial costs of complacency are alarming. As a result of recent developments and the lack of concerted global action, achieving the established goal of the United…

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Plant breeding

Plants adapt genetically over time to the special conditions of organic farming. This has been demonstrated in a long-term study conducted at the University of Bonn in Germany. The results have now been published in the…

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