Coral reefs are a food source for millions of people in the tropics, but many do not deliver the expected catch any more. What influences fish abundance in these environments? An international team of 39 researchers explored this...more



A new and inexpensive technique for mass-producing the main ingredient in the most effective treatment for malaria, artemisinin, could help meet global demands for the drug, according to a study to be published in the journal...more

Plant protection


Scientists at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, are developing a new coating method to protect seeds from being eaten by insects. In doing so, they have drawn inspiration from the humble peach and a few of its peers.more



The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in cooperation with the Bill-and-Melinda-Gates Foundation announced the second phase of the project “Harnessing Opportunities for Productivity...more

Climate change


In a survey on changes in pastureland on the Tibetan High Plateau, German scientists have concluded that global climate change is causing more damage to the grasslands than increasing land use. The Tibetan Highlands are a key...more



A new pan-Africa mega initiative, ‘Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT)’, was launched recently as an ambitious and bold plan to address poverty, hunger and malnutrition across the African continent.more

The tested vaccine ‘rVSV-ZEBOV’ has proved a safe vaccine resulting in lasting formation of antibodies against the virus. © WHO/s. Hawkey


The clinical phase 1 trial of a potential vaccine against the much-feared Ebola virus was completed successfully at four sites in Africa and Europe. The scientists participating in the study are members of a consortium of experts...more

The DNA sequence information will support efforts to provide farmers with high-yielding varieties resistant to diseases.


Researchers at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture have sequenced the genome of the cassava, enabling them to better understand the genetic basis of the plant’s disease resistance, quality and crop maturity.more

A reliable diagnosis of the Zika virus is especially important for pregnant women. © NIAID


Scientists of Freiburg University in Germany have developed a test for the Zika virus that has demonstrated a high accuracy. A reliable diagnosis is particularly important during pregnancy because Zika virus infections have grave...more

Climate change


Part of the Middle East and North Africa may become uninhabitable due to climate change, says a study by the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Cyprus Institute. Hence the number of climate refugees could increase...more



Scientists in Malaysia are perfecting a method to produce high-protein animal feed from palm waste by using the fungus Aspergillus terreus. This new method could offer a potential outlet for by-products of palm oil production.more

The southern cassowary is a domestic bird of the Australian tropics.


Rare animal species are vital to maintaining tropical ecosystems and could cause a chain reaction of disastrous biodiversity loss if they go extinct, a recent study warns.more

Over 70 per cent of essential crop wild relative species are in urgent need of collection.
Crop protection


A first of its kind global mapping project reveals gaps in wild crop genetic diversity for agriculture to adapt to future climate change.more



Leading scientists of the Consultative Group on Agricultural Research (CGIAR) gathered with research partners and civil society in Johannesburg, South Africa, in April to set new research and investment priorities for the global...more

Vast quantities of discards clog up landfill sites and natural environments around the world. <br/>Photo: www.mkg-hamburg.de


According to a group of biologists in Japan, a new-found species of bacteria, named Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, breaks down plastic by using two enzymes to hydrolyse polyethylene terephthalate, or PET.more

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