Forestry

09.11.2018

A formula used to calculate basic wood density has recently been corrected. Basic density is widely used to compute carbon storage by trees. French researchers estimate that the error in the initial formula resulted in an...more

Plant breeding

02.11.2018

A team of researchers from Germany and the USA have decoded the genome of two plants that show different degrees of tolerance to drought periods. They have discovered some characteristic differences that appear to relate to...more

Migration

26.10.2018

Domestic migrants experience a substantial decline in mental and physical health, despite a significant increase in their incomes at destination, according to a new study conducted in Pakistan.more

Plant breeding

19.10.2018

The massive rice collection stored at the International Rice Research Institute is to receive permanent financial backing from the Crop Trust, saving almost all known varieties of rice crops, forever. The grant will secure the...more

Climate change

12.10.2018

Agriculture has a disproportionately high share of greenhouse gas emissions. Taking coffee as an example, a doctoral thesis written at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart/Germany, shows that food can also be produced without...more

Climate change

05.10.2018

Current CO2 mitigation efforts are inadequate to accomplish the Paris Agreement temperature goals. The prospects of climate geoengineering technologies, either through atmospheric carbon dioxide removal or farther-reaching...more

Health

28.09.2018

The government of Burkina Faso has granted permission to release genetically engineered mosquitoes anytime, researchers announced in September 2018. It’s a key step in the broader efforts to use bioengineering to eliminate...more

Land tenure

21.09.2018

Most of the land in sub-Saharan Africa is governed under various forms of customary tenure. Over the past three decades a quiet paradigm shift has been taking place transforming the way such land is governed.more

Climate change

14.09.2018

A wetter future awaits South Asia, says a new study based on global climate change models that informed the fifth assessment report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.more

Biotechnology

07.09.2018

Scientists of the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA-ARS) have transferred a biochemical pathway found in sorghum, which produces a weed-killing compound, into rice plants.more

Animal husbandry

31.08.2018

Today’s agricultural feed cultivation for cattle, pigs and chicken comes with tremendous impacts for the environment. Cultivating feed in industrial facilities instead of on croplands might help to alleviate the critical...more

Climate change

24.08.2018

Over the last 25 years, soil respiration has already increased by 1.2 per cent across the world. With most soils, more carbon is bound than released into the atmosphere. Continuing global warming could change this, US researchers...more

Biotechnology

17.08.2018

A thirteen-year scientific effort has culminated in a paper published in the journal ‘Science’ on the 17th August: An international research team joined forces to map the genome of bread wheat. The sequence is the first nearly...more

Agriculture

10.08.2018

Land-use intensification in agrarian landscapes is seen as a key strategy to simultaneously feed humanity and use ecosystems sustainably; but the conditions that support positive social-ecological outcomes remain poorly...more

Forestry

03.08.2018

Land-use intensification in the tropics plays an important role in meeting global demand for agricultural commodities but generates high environmental costs. A study by researchers of the German University of Göttingen analysed...more

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