The African whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, on cassava leaves
Plant protection


As part of efforts to control the spread of the two viral diseases attacking cassava in Africa, cassava mosaic disease (CMD) and cassava brown streak disease (CBSD), scientists have announced a breakthrough whole genome...more

A variety of fruits and vegetables symbolising agrobiodiversity.


The first Agrobiodiversity Index Report brings together data on dimensions of agrobiodiversity in ten countries to measure food system sustainability and resilience.more



Excessive nitrate in lakes, seas and rivers can increase algae growth that may lead to toxic blue-green blooms. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has developed an innovative method to trace the origin of nitrate...more

Genetically modified fungus to fight malaria


A fungus genetically engineered to produce spider toxin can crush populations of malaria-spreading mosquitoes, according to a study hailed as a breakthrough by international scientists battling to combat the disease.more

Food safety programme tackling food fraud
Food safety


To safeguard the quality and geographic denomination of high-value foods, the IAEA and the FAO have developed the so-called stable isotope analysis to test for authenticity of high-quality food products.more

Mothers in Rwanda feed their children with a bio-fortified sweet potato puree.


A new study by French scientists – focusing on industrialisation of baby food processing – demonstrates how the addition of vitamin A-rich sweet potato would enhance the nutritional quality of baby food to children under six...more

Brachiaria fodder grass minimises methane in cattle farming.


The discovery of genes responsible for asexual reproduction in a tropical grass may reduce negative impacts of cattle farming. The grass captures carbon, reduces gas emissions from soils, restores degraded land, and improves...more

Different rice varieties in bowls.
Food safety


Arsenic contamination in rice poses a serious health risk in many parts of the world. Now an international study has shown that husking rice before parboiling reduces arsenic content, potentially lowering the risk of cancer.more



When bird flu outbreaks occur, there is often only one way to check this infectious disease – culling the poultry. A new project on the development of affordable bird flu vaccines based on plants could soon provide an alternative.more



An international team of researchers have now calculated the ecological and financial benefits of straw-coloured fruit bats in Africa. They found that the bats, by disseminating seeds from the fruits they eat during their...more



The exploitation of farmland is being intensified with a focus on raising yields. To date, very little is known about the degree to which yields actually increase as a result and the extent of the simultaneous loss of biological...more

Climate change


By 2040, rainfall on wheat, soybean, rice and maize will have changed, even if Paris Agreement emissions targets are met. Projections show that parts of Europe, Africa, the Americas and Australia will be drier, while the tropics...more



Mangrove ecosystems are an important natural carbon sink that accumulate and store large amounts of organic carbon. However, the magnitude of carbon stocks and the rate of carbon accumulation vary geographically due to a...more

Rice production


A team of Chinese and German researchers reveals a mechanism by which nitrate in the soil activates both phosphate and nitrate utilisation in rice.more



How to bridge the humanitarian-development gap is a recurring question for actors operating in crises around the world. Based on a recently published literature review by the German Institute for Development Evaluation and the...more

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