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

Climate change


Cropland farmed organically over a longer period emits 40 per cent less greenhouse gases per hectare than conventionally farmed cropland. This has been revealed in results from a world-wide unique long-term field trial....more



An international study analyses energy requirements for negative emissions technologies. They can help to mitigate climate change.more



The Nigerian Biosafety Management Agency has approved the commercial release of genetically modified cowpea. This is a major breakthrough for farmers and scientists as Nigeria will be the first country to cultivate biotech cowpea.more

Climate change


The Paris Agreement to limit average global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels relies heavily on changing how farmland and forests are managed, an international research team says. They...more



Agricultural yields around the world can become more sustainable by using silicon to mobilise soil phosphorus, making it available for plants, according to a study by German and Danish researchers.more

Climate change


Scientists maintain that the colonisation of the Americas in the late fifteenth century caused the indigenous population to shrink so drastically that this had a measurable impact on the Earth’s climate.more

Plant protection


Scientists at the University of Tübingen in Germany have discovered a sugar molecule that inhibits plants and microorganisms and is harmless to human cells. Could it become a substitute for the controversial herbicide glyphosate?more

Plant breeding


Plant breeders call the phenomenon of the progeny generations producing a superior yield compared to that of parent plants the heterosis effect. In subsequent generations, this effect is lost again. However, it can be conserved...more

Plant protection


Researchers at the DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures have succeeded in finding resistance against Cassava Brown Streak disease for African cassava varieties taken from South-American plants.more

Plant breeding


Cottonseed is unsuitable for consumption by humans because it contains the toxin gossypol. A US scientist has now succeeded in specifically removing the toxin from the plant’s seed without negatively influencing any of its other...more

Plant breeding


Meeting food demands for the growing global human population requires improving crop productivity, and large gains are possible through enhancing photosynthetic efficiency. US researchers found that crops engineered with a...more

Climate change


The production and consumption of agricultural products have a greater relevance for climate change and climate protection than previously assumed. Researchers at Humboldt University Berlin have developed a new approach that...more

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