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:


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

Ruminants like these goats in Kenya are responsible for the largest share of methane emissions from agriculture. <br/>Photo: © Klaus Butterbach-Bahl/KIT


Livestock production offers a significant opportunity to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining the economic and social benefits of the sector, according to a new international study.more

The new chickpea variety is the first machine-harvestable variety released by ICRISAT in Andhra Pradesh/India.<br/>Photo: © ICRISAT (flickr)


The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics released a semi-erect chickpea variety that can be machine-harvested. With standard machinery, 2.25 tons can now be harvested within 75 minutes. This usually...more

The Anopheles mosquito has developed resistance to pyrethroid insecticides. <br/>Photo: © James Cathany/public domain image


Pyrethroid insecticides used to kill both farm pests and malaria-carrying mosquitoes. However, in recent years, a dramatic increase in resistance of malaria vectors in most African countries has been observed. Scientists are...more

Climate change will reduce availability of nutritious crops like vegetables.<br/>Photo: © David Trainer (flickr)
Climate change


Climate change will severely impact global food production, causing an estimated 529,000 deaths by 2050 from resulting diet shifts compared with a future without higher carbon emissions, a study by English scientists predicts.more

Fortified rice can be very effective to combat micronutrient deficiencies in the diet.<br/>Photo: © IRRI


Eating fortified rice increases the risk of hookworm infections, a study in Cambodian schoolchildren shows, suggesting that the rice’s added nutrients inadvertently help parasites grow.more

Siphon irrigation in Tunisia.<br/>Photo: © FAO


Improved agricultural water management could halve the global food gap by 2050 and buffer some of the harmful climate change effects on crop yields. more

Many insects are important pollinators for agricultural products. <br/>Photo: © pixabay


The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is intended to raise awareness of the value of biodiversity. The first assessments on the importance of pollinators for food supply will be presented...more

The new generation of hybrid plants in the greenhouse.
Plant breeding


As hybrid plants provide a very high agricultural yield for only one generation, new hybrid seeds need to be produced every year. However, natural cloning via seeds might enable the efficiency of such plants to be passed on...more

Insects like the stink bug could contribute to the world’s food security


A new study by African scientists has identified essential nutrients in an edible insect known as stink bug and suggests it as an alternative food source to help meet the dietary demands of an increasing human population.more

Signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding for the ‘Africa Rice Development Partnership’. <br/> Photo: Rural Development Administration (RDA)

In an enhanced strategic partnership under the Korea-Africa Food and Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (KAFACI) a new generation of productive and stress-tolerant rice varieties will be developed and the African rice gene pool...more

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