Environment

22.03.2019

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

Biotechnology

15.03.2019

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

11.03.2019

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

Soil fertility

01.03.2019

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

22.02.2019

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

15.02.2019

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

Plant breeding

08.02.2019

Plant breeders call the phenomenon of the progeny generations producing a superior yield compared to that of parent plants the heterosis effect. In subsequent generations, this effect is lost again. However, it can be conserved...more

Plant protection

01.02.2019

Researchers at the DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures have succeeded in finding resistance against Cassava Brown Streak disease for African cassava varieties taken from South-American plants.more

Plant breeding

25.01.2019

Cottonseed is unsuitable for consumption by humans because it contains the toxin gossypol. A US scientist has now succeeded in specifically removing the toxin from the plant’s seed without negatively influencing any of its other...more

Plant breeding

18.01.2019

Meeting food demands for the growing global human population requires improving crop productivity, and large gains are possible through enhancing photosynthetic efficiency. US researchers found that crops engineered with a...more

Climate change

11.01.2019

The production and consumption of agricultural products have a greater relevance for climate change and climate protection than previously assumed. Researchers at Humboldt University Berlin have developed a new approach that...more

Plant protection

28.12.2018

More and more harmful insects and pathogens are creating problems for useful plants because they cannot be tackled with insecticides and herbicides. Therefore, alternatives to conventional plant protection are needed.more

Nutrition

21.12.2018

An international research team has revealed that climate change will reduce the nutritional quality of one of the world’s major staple crops, the common bean.more

Insurance

14.12.2018

Farmers in developing countries often rely heavily on their yearly harvest to feed their families. Despite the significant advantages crop insurances would offer in alleviating the risk of a crop failure, only a small percentage...more

Agriculture

11.12.2018

Evolutionary biologists and law scholars in Germany and France have criticised a US project aimed at developing the use of insects to spread genetically modified viruses to crops. The viruses featured in the “Insect Allies”...more

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