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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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)


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



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


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


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.


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



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


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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