Health

20.07.2018

The banana Musa acuminata, a wild species that grows in South East Asia, is not only a food crop. Scientists have found out that different non-food morphological parts of the plant bear various pharmacological properties,...more

Biotechnology

13.07.2018

ETH Researchers at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland have genetically modified a key variety of rice, making it very efficient at enriching its grains with iron and zinc.more

Climate change

06.07.2018

With the Paris Agreement’s ambition of limiting climate change to well below two degrees, negative emission technologies (NETs) have moved into the limelight of discussions in climate science and policy. Recent studies by the...more

Forestry

29.06.2018

The Center for International Forestry Research and the environmental reporting platform Mongabay have launched a partnership to spread more news about the world’s forest ecosystems.more

Agroecology

25.06.2018

Agroecology embraces a collection of different disciplinary fields, ranging from agriculture and ecology to political theory. A stronger recognition of agroecology in agricultural research, which often has a strong production...more

Water

22.06.2018

An interdisciplinary research approach to sustainable resource management (IWRM) has succeeded in establishing a multi-resource mix for water use for the population of the Namibian Etosha basin which can permanently improve the...more

Health

15.06.2018

A cheap and effective tool that could save lives by helping health authorities target mosquitos infected with Zika virus has been developed by researchers from the University of Queensland, Australia, and colleagues in Brazil.more

ICT

08.06.2018

In Latin America rice is seriously threatened by the rice hoja blanca virus (RHBV). Now scientists of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) are applying drones to evaluate rice breeding lines in the field that...more

Climate change

01.06.2018

Rice is one of the chief foods for more than two billion people world-wide. In future, however, the nutrient content of this grain could be measurably reduced. The reason for this is the rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in...more

Cocoa production

25.05.2018

As chocolate becomes ever more popular, demand for cocoa keeps rising. For production to keep up, agricultural practices have to become more sustainable. Swiss researchers have tested what shade trees can contribute to solving...more

Forestry

18.05.2018

While it is acknowledged that forest biodiversity contributes to climate change mitigation through improved carbon sequestration, conversely, how climate affects relations between tree species diversity and forest productivity is...more

Water

14.05.2018

Newly-developed small sewage treatment plants can be used to extract phosphorus for fertilising and improve water quality for irrigation. A project in Burkina Faso is supported by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU).more

Health

04.05.2018

Scientists at Göttingen University have proposed a methodology which takes into account the different forms of hunger and the resulting effects on health.more

Ecosystem services

27.04.2018

Payments for environmental services have proved difficult to put into practice. To understand the reasons for this relative lack of efficacy, researchers at the French research centre CIRAD analysed 70 programmes world-wide. A...more

Kemeriya Mohamed stacking harvested wheat, Kechema village, Dodola district, west Arsi zone, Ethiopia.<br/> Photo: ©CIMMYT/P. Lowe
Agriculture

20.04.2018

The Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Cropping Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA), led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), could be successfully ended,...more

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