Evolutionary biologists and law scholars in Germany and France have criticised a US project aimed at developing the use of insects to spread genetically modified viruses to crops. The viruses featured in the “Insect Allies”...more



The power of citizen science to contribute to both science and society is gaining recognition, particularly in physics and biology. Although there is a long history of public engagement in agriculture and food science, the term...more



Childhood malnutrition remains highly prevalent in low-income countries To find out whether unhygienic environments also contribute to growth failure, researchers analysed growth data of children living in a Gambian village....more

Climate change


Continued burning of fossil fuels is likely to fuel even more extreme summers than that of 2018 because of its impact on the jet stream. The rapid disappearance of aerosols produced by pollution may, however, mitigate the impact...more



Globally, Brazil applies the second highest amount of pesticides. Their use has soared since 2000, as has the incidence of colon cancer deaths. Now, a bill aiming to deregulate pesticides is moving through Brazil’s Congress.more



A formula used to calculate basic wood density has recently been corrected. Basic density is widely used to compute carbon storage by trees. French researchers estimate that the error in the initial formula resulted in an...more

Plant breeding


A team of researchers from Germany and the USA have decoded the genome of two plants that show different degrees of tolerance to drought periods. They have discovered some characteristic differences that appear to relate to...more



Domestic migrants experience a substantial decline in mental and physical health, despite a significant increase in their incomes at destination, according to a new study conducted in Pakistan.more

Plant breeding


The massive rice collection stored at the International Rice Research Institute is to receive permanent financial backing from the Crop Trust, saving almost all known varieties of rice crops, forever. The grant will secure the...more

Climate change


Agriculture has a disproportionately high share of greenhouse gas emissions. Taking coffee as an example, a doctoral thesis written at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart/Germany, shows that food can also be produced without...more

Climate change


Current CO2 mitigation efforts are inadequate to accomplish the Paris Agreement temperature goals. The prospects of climate geoengineering technologies, either through atmospheric carbon dioxide removal or farther-reaching...more



The government of Burkina Faso has granted permission to release genetically engineered mosquitoes anytime, researchers announced in September 2018. It’s a key step in the broader efforts to use bioengineering to eliminate...more

Land governance


Most of the land in sub-Saharan Africa is governed under various forms of customary tenure. Over the past three decades a quiet paradigm shift has been taking place transforming the way such land is governed.more

Climate change


A wetter future awaits South Asia, says a new study based on global climate change models that informed the fifth assessment report of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.more



Scientists of the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA-ARS) have transferred a biochemical pathway found in sorghum, which produces a weed-killing compound, into rice plants.more

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