Global warming is expected to increase the frequency and intensity of severe water scarcity events, which negatively affect rain-fed crops such as wheat. Scientists have developed a method to simultaneously quantify such water...more

Plant breeding


Swiss researchers in cooperation with the CGIAR centre CIAT are involved in the development and implementation of a method to efficiently breed for disease-resistant beans in different regions of the world. Their work will help...more

Fishermen in India.


A recent study by an international research team and WorldFish reveals the potential of marine fisheries to help tackle nutrient deficiencies suffered by millions in coastal areas. The study also shows that children in these...more

Land management


The type of vegetation and land use plays an important role in water retention and runoff in the landscape. An international team of scientists have developed a mathematical model that can reflect the complex interplays between...more



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

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