Trade

20.09.2019

World-wide tree seed trade is not as safe as previously assumed. Researchers of the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI), the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) and other...more

Climate change

13.09.2019

A new study by Hohenheim University in Germany shows that greening desert areas can significantly counter a climate crisis. This is why plantations can help compensate for CO2 emissions.more

Genes and proteins in cells interact in many different ways. Each dot represents a gene; the lines are their interactions
Biotechnology

06.09.2019

Researchers at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, have refined the famous CRISPR-Cas method. Now, for the very first time, it is possible to modify dozens, if not hundreds, of genes in a cell simultaneously.more

Spraying pesticides over vegetables.
Agriculture

30.08.2019

Farmers in poor countries struggle to afford fertilisers, leading to low yields. Better policies and subsidy programmes could bring down prices and facilitate access. At the same time researchers warn that governments must limit...more

Nursery at the Reserva Ecologica Guapiacu in the federal state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Forestry

23.08.2019

Humans have already cleared vast tracts of the tropical rain forest, a process which should ideally be reversed for the sake of the climate and the environment. But which rain forests are priorities for restoration? Scientists...more

Measuring tower of the AmazonFACE project in the Brazilian rainforest.
Forestry

19.08.2019

How much carbon dioxide can tropical rainforests absorb? Investigations by an international team of researchers, with significant involvement from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), indicate that the absorption capacity is...more

A new, simple and reliable germination test can now make seed bank management easier.
Plant breeding

08.08.2019

Since seed patterns have to be regularly tested for germinability, seed bank management is complicated. Now scientists at the University of Osnabrück/Germany have developed an efficient germination test.more

cultivating drought and salt tolerant barley variety
Plant breeding

02.08.2019

A new line of barley achieves good crop yields even under poor environmental conditions. A research team at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Germany, crossed a common variety with various types of wild barley and...more

The Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens)
Livestock

29.07.2019

Research on Black Soldier Fly larvae in Kenya shows their huge potential for reducing the ecological and economic footprint of livestock feed in Africa.more

Trade

19.07.2019

Fairtrade certification benefits the employees of agricultural cooperatives but do not necessarily improve income of farm workers, say researchers who investigated the situation in smallholder farming in Côte d’Ivoire.more

Aerial view of a forest
Forestry

15.07.2019

Global temperatures could rise 1.5° C above industrial levels by as early as 2030 if current trends continue, but trees could help stem this climate crisis. A new analysis finds that adding nearly one billion additional hectares...more

The African whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, on cassava leaves
Plant protection

05.07.2019

As part of efforts to control the spread of the two viral diseases attacking cassava in Africa, cassava mosaic disease (CMD) and cassava brown streak disease (CBSD), scientists have announced a breakthrough whole genome...more

A variety of fruits and vegetables symbolising agrobiodiversity.
Biodiversity

28.06.2019

The first Agrobiodiversity Index Report brings together data on dimensions of agrobiodiversity in ten countries to measure food system sustainability and resilience.more

Environment

21.06.2019

Excessive nitrate in lakes, seas and rivers can increase algae growth that may lead to toxic blue-green blooms. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has developed an innovative method to trace the origin of nitrate...more

Genetically modified fungus to fight malaria
Health

14.06.2019

A fungus genetically engineered to produce spider toxin can crush populations of malaria-spreading mosquitoes, according to a study hailed as a breakthrough by international scientists battling to combat the disease.more

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