Fishery experts at the fishery research unit of the Baden-Württemberg Agricultural Centre (LAZBW) in southern Germany have developed a feed additive from cork which is very suitable for production in aquaculture and is...more



A new project, funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the European Commission (EC) and led by WorldFish, aims to use selective breeding to make improved fish strains more accessible to poor...more



Scientists at the University Hospital Heidelberg Institute of Public Health in Germany are successfully transferring a new method of mosquito control from Germany’s upper Rhine region to Burkina Faso in West Africa. more



Scientists have conducted the first world-wide study of biodiversity and its impact on the productivity of forests. They conclude that a decline in the number of species leads to massive cuts in the productivity of forests,...more

Plant breeding


Soil fertility research from Ghent University, Belgium, succeeded to triple cassava yield of Ivorian smallholder farmers by applying integrated soil fertility management, which resulted in an eightfold increase of the...more



A research programme to tackle invasive species that kill plants and sicken animals is getting under way at the United Kingdom’s Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI).more



To help farmers cope with climate change ICRISAT – the International Crops Research Institute - has been working on different approaches. The lessons learnt and the impact of the five main models used in building climate-smart...more



An interdisciplinary team of scientists from Germany and Indonesia assessed the ecosystem functions in oil palm plantations as compared to lowland forests. They found that in oil palm plantations, eleven out of 14 ecosystem...more

Organic farming


In a long-term project in Kenya, the Swiss-based Research Institute of Organic Agriculture has examined the potential of organic and conventional agriculture regarding soil fertility, the occurrence of pests and diseases, and...more

Climate effects may show positive or negative impacts on crop yield – depending on the type of soil


Global yield forecasts and early warning systems for bottlenecks in food supply are making only insufficient use of knowledge on geo soil data. IIASA in Austria shows that fluctuations in yield owing to different types of soil...more

A leaf infested with black sigatoka
Plant protection


Black Sigatoka is one of the most dreaded diseases in banana cultivation. Scientists at the University of Wageningen have now decoded the hereditary matter of the plants and hope to be able to soon check the disease with this new...more

Plant breeding


The Government of Uganda released the first five high iron bean varieties that will provide more iron in the diets of millions of Ugandans who eat beans almost every day. Three of the released varieties are bush beans and two are...more



Trees grown on agricultural land significantly contribute to global carbon budgets, a recent study by an international team of scientists has revealed. To date, carbon stored by trees on agricultural land has been much ignored.more



The use of a newly-developed mosquito trap incorporating human odour has resulted in a 70 per cent decline in the population of the most significant malaria mosquito on the Kenyan island of Rusinga. The number of malaria...more



Boosting food production with limited water availability is of great importance to humanity. Scientists at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, have discovered that plants are able to switch to a water-saving mode when...more

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