Climate change


Scientists are developing a new life cycle assessment method to calculate the CO2 footprint of agricultural products from crop rotation systems.more

Climate change


Global warming affects more than just plant biodiversity - it even alters the way plants grow. German scientists studied the mechanisms that control plant growth at high temperatures. In the future this could help breed plants...more



CGIAR is launching a new research programme to improve rural economies and nutrition through grain legumes and dryland cereals. more



Plastic bags are known to disrupt the environment. For instance, once in the soil, they slowly release toxic chemicals. When animals eat them, they often choke and die.more



Hope for bee-keepers all over the world: for the first time, researchers at the University of Hohenheim have discovered a drug that can be administered through the feed, with the potential for freeing attacked bee stocks from the...more



From Alaska to the Amazon. Detailed global maps of key plant growth features have been compiled by an international team of researchers in the framework of the European Union’s “Biosphere Atmosphere Change Index – BACI”...more

Food security


Even as debate stirs on the most preferred mode of transfer, a team of scientists at the International Food Policy Institute (IFPRI) find social protection programmes increase food consumption, caloric acquisition, and formation...more

Global warming could cause pacific islands to lose up to 80 per cent of fisheries. <br/> Photo: flickr/Ryan McMinds


Pacific island countries could lose up to 80 per cent of fisheries, a recent study has found. Countries in the Pacific heavily depend on fish as an important source of food and income.more

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

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