Different rice varieties in bowls.
Food safety


Arsenic contamination in rice poses a serious health risk in many parts of the world. Now an international study has shown that husking rice before parboiling reduces arsenic content, potentially lowering the risk of cancer.more



When bird flu outbreaks occur, there is often only one way to check this infectious disease – culling the poultry. A new project on the development of affordable bird flu vaccines based on plants could soon provide an alternative.more

Forest conservation


An international team of researchers have now calculated the ecological and financial benefits of straw-coloured fruit bats in Africa. They found that the bats, by disseminating seeds from the fruits they eat during their...more



The exploitation of farmland is being intensified with a focus on raising yields. To date, very little is known about the degree to which yields actually increase as a result and the extent of the simultaneous loss of biological...more

Climate change


By 2040, rainfall on wheat, soybean, rice and maize will have changed, even if Paris Agreement emissions targets are met. Projections show that parts of Europe, Africa, the Americas and Australia will be drier, while the tropics...more



Mangrove ecosystems are an important natural carbon sink that accumulate and store large amounts of organic carbon. However, the magnitude of carbon stocks and the rate of carbon accumulation vary geographically due to a...more

Rice production


A team of Chinese and German researchers reveals a mechanism by which nitrate in the soil activates both phosphate and nitrate utilisation in rice.more



How to bridge the humanitarian-development gap is a recurring question for actors operating in crises around the world. Based on a recently published literature review by the German Institute for Development Evaluation and the...more

Climate change


Cropland farmed organically over a longer period emits 40 per cent less greenhouse gases per hectare than conventionally farmed cropland. This has been revealed in results from a world-wide unique long-term field trial....more



An international study analyses energy requirements for negative emissions technologies. They can help to mitigate climate change.more



The Nigerian Biosafety Management Agency has approved the commercial release of genetically modified cowpea. This is a major breakthrough for farmers and scientists as Nigeria will be the first country to cultivate biotech cowpea.more

Climate change


The Paris Agreement to limit average global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels relies heavily on changing how farmland and forests are managed, an international research team says. They...more



Agricultural yields around the world can become more sustainable by using silicon to mobilise soil phosphorus, making it available for plants, according to a study by German and Danish researchers.more

Climate change


Scientists maintain that the colonisation of the Americas in the late fifteenth century caused the indigenous population to shrink so drastically that this had a measurable impact on the Earth’s climate.more

Plant protection


Scientists at the University of Tübingen in Germany have discovered a sugar molecule that inhibits plants and microorganisms and is harmless to human cells. Could it become a substitute for the controversial herbicide glyphosate?more

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