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.
Plant 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

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