A cheap and effective tool that could save lives by helping health authorities target mosquitos infected with Zika virus has been developed by researchers from the University of Queensland, Australia, and colleagues in Brazil.more



In Latin America rice is seriously threatened by the rice hoja blanca virus (RHBV). Now scientists of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) are applying drones to evaluate rice breeding lines in the field that...more

Climate change


Rice is one of the chief foods for more than two billion people world-wide. In future, however, the nutrient content of this grain could be measurably reduced. The reason for this is the rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in...more

Cocoa production


As chocolate becomes ever more popular, demand for cocoa keeps rising. For production to keep up, agricultural practices have to become more sustainable. Swiss researchers have tested what shade trees can contribute to solving...more



While it is acknowledged that forest biodiversity contributes to climate change mitigation through improved carbon sequestration, conversely, how climate affects relations between tree species diversity and forest productivity is...more



Newly-developed small sewage treatment plants can be used to extract phosphorus for fertilising and improve water quality for irrigation. A project in Burkina Faso is supported by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU).more



Scientists at Göttingen University have proposed a methodology which takes into account the different forms of hunger and the resulting effects on health.more



Payments for environmental services have proved difficult to put into practice. To understand the reasons for this relative lack of efficacy, researchers at the French research centre CIRAD analysed 70 programmes world-wide. A...more

Kemeriya Mohamed stacking harvested wheat, Kechema village, Dodola district, west Arsi zone, Ethiopia.<br/> Photo: ©CIMMYT/P. Lowe


The Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Cropping Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA), led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), could be successfully ended,...more

Organic farming


A survey by Germany’s University of Göttingen demonstrates that only a combination of organic and conventional cultivation methods can guarantee a globally sustainable agriculture.more



Convincing smallholdings of the benefits that more efficient cultivation methods offer is seen as one of the greatest challenges on the way to a form of agriculture that can really feed the world. A Chinese project of unique...more

Participants of the first international “Landscape 2018” conference in Berlin. <br/> Photo: © Tony Haupt
Land management


The central role of agricultural landscape research in achieving the UN sustainability goals was in the focus of the first Landscape Forum organised by the German Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research.more



The potential of so-called underutilised crops for human nutrition and as a source of income for poor farmers in the Global South was discussed at the Elsevier International Conference on Global Food Security in Cape Town, South...more

The Taurus Mountains in Turkey are rich in basalt deposits.


With a large-scale use of silicates as fertilisers, agriculture could achieve its climate targets, and soil erosion could be slowed down, suggest an international team of researchers in a new survey. As yet, however, the...more

Plant breeding


An international team of scientists have demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to speed up banana breeding using genomic prediction models that accurately select banana hybrids with desired traits. more

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