Plant breeding


Using non-GM molecular breeding techniques, ICARDA scientists have developed a set of durum wheat varieties that can withstand up to 40°C heat along the Senegal River basin. Once scaled up, the technology will offer potential to...more



Scientists found strong evidence of an association between Ebola outbreak locations and deforestation. The data could lead to the development of an early warning system. Most Ebola outbreaks happen in remote, rural communities...more

Climate change


Deforestation linked to palm oil production is making Indonesia warmer. An international team of experts on bioclimatology report effects on temperatures after changes in land use that are making the country more vulnerable to...more

Like here in South Africa’s capital of Cape Town, samples were taken from heartwood in trees from metropolises. <br/> Photo. © TUM
Climate change


Trees in metropolitan areas have been growing faster than trees in rural areas world-wide since the 1960s, a study on the impact of the urban heat island effect on tree growths shows. Trees in urban areas have already been...more

Plant breeding


The Andean high nutritive crop Quinoa can tolerate salt. An international team of researchers have now found an explanation for this. Special bladder cells on the quinoa leaves remove salt from the plant metabolism. They also...more



An international consortium has sequenced one of the first genomes of a moth from the superfamily Noctuoidea: Spodoptera frugiperda, or fall armyworm. Maize, rice and soybeans are among the plant species attacked by this pest.more



Internationally subsidised agricultural insurance is intended to protect farmers in developing countries from the effects of climate change. However, it can also lead to undesirable ecological and social side effects, a team of...more



Seed is the most important input for crop farmers the world over. But how the farmers get to their seed is just as diversified as the world’s cultures themselves. Practices range from the Nepalese self-supplier to sophisticated...more



The analysis of the genetic variability of a thousand pearl millet lines reveals how this cereal survives temperatures over 42 degrees Celsius. This discovery may also help develop climate adaptation strategies in other important...more



Scientists at Göttingen University demand to rethink options for cocoa production in West Africa. Recent findings show that cocoa grown in monoculture is more resilient to drought than cocoa produced in agroforestry systems.more



The delay in approving the use of genetically modified (GM) crops is contributing to malnutrition and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, a study has found. However, the debate about genetically engineered crops remains controversial. more

Plant breeding


Cassava production in Africa is compromised by cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) and cassava mosaic disease (CMD). Scientists have now identified molecular markers linked to resistance against these diseases.more



France and Germany are jointly supporting research aimed at contributing to achieving the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.more



Child labour continues to be a major global development issue, mainly in developing countries where family-farm agriculture employs the majority of the labour force. A tracking study from rural Ethiopia looks at the impact of...more



While water erosion is identified as the most serious cause of soil degradation globally, global patterns of rainfall erosivity remain poorly quantified, and estimates have large uncertainties. This hampers the implementation of...more

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