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

Soil degradation


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



Geologists at the German Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research are reporting on an unusual natural phenomenon that hasn’t as yet been covered much in science: submarine groundwater discharge. For many people living on the...more



Converting forests to agriculture is not economically viable in most regions, except in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest, areas around the Gulf of Guinea and Thailand, a new study says.more



Researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland have developed a new rice variety that has not only increased levels of the micronutrients iron and zinc in the grains, but also produces beta-carotene as a precursor of vitamin A. This...more



A new study on greenhouse gas emissions created by mangrove deforestation and conversion into pasture and aquaculture ponds might make one think twice about ordering a shrimp cocktail or a steak in future. more

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