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  • App ‘trained’ to spot crop disease, alert farmers

    App ‘trained’ to spot crop disease, alert farmers

    Researchers win grant to further test app for smallholders App diagnoses deadly cassava diseases in field, sends alerts Roll-out in Africa needs engagement with farmers, says expert A team of scientists has received US$100,000 ...

  • Method that cuts sugarcane emissions gets global prize

    Method that cuts sugarcane emissions gets global prize

    A Brazilian scientist who developed a method that reduces greenhouse gas emissions from sugarcane cultivation has been awarded a prize that each year recognises a researcher whose work has excelled in the area of fertiliser use. Heitor ...

  • Grafting helps pepper plants deal with drought

    Grafting helps pepper plants deal with drought

    Joining a high-yield pepper plant sapling to the roots of a strong and resistant variety could help pepper farmers cope with lower rainfall, a study has found. An experiment using the technique of merging two plants, known as grafting, resulted in ...

  • India`s poultry industry adds to drug resistance

    India`s poultry industry adds to drug resistance

    Chickens farmed for meat and eggs in India’s Punjab state harbour high levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, says a new Indo-US study.   “Misuse of antibiotics in animal farms endangers all of us because it multiplies drug ...

  • Maize breeders benefit from using drones

    Maize breeders benefit from using drones

    Using drone technology could cut labour and costs spent in collecting data for maize breeding by at least ten per cent, preliminary findings of a project shows.   With increased demand for better seeds to adapt to changing ...

  • Egyptian invention cuts rice irrigation water by haf

    Egyptian invention cuts rice irrigation water by haf

    Experts and stakeholders in Egypt warn of imminent water poverty as a result of the Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is about to become operational. Meanwhile, agricultural production consumes about 85 per cent of the country’s water ...

  • Warming behind India’s depleting groundwater?

    Warming behind India’s depleting groundwater?

    Changing rainfall patterns may be depleting India’s groundwater storage more than withdrawals for agricultural irrigation, says a new study published in January by Nature Geoscience.    While India’s diminishing ...

  • Mobile app for rain forecasts raising farmers’ yields

    Mobile app for rain forecasts raising farmers’ yields

    A mobile phone-based innovation that can predict rain is helping farmers in six Sub-Saharan Africa countries sow, fertilise and harvest crops at the optimum time. The innovation is being used in Cote d`Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, ...

  • Patents fail to boost crop yields

    Patents fail to boost crop yields

    Policies that secure intellectual property rights (IPRs) for agricultural innovations often fail to encourage technology transfer to developing countries or increase crop yields, a study shows. “Intellectual property rights are not all they ...

  • Edible insects inch one step closer

    Edible insects inch one step closer

    Farming insects on a large scale is no more of a biological or chemical hazard than other livestock farming, says a report by a European food safety body. The report, which looks at the potential of insects as food or animal feed, says the ...

  • Grazing land has scope for biofuel surge

    Grazing land has scope for biofuel surge

    Converting grazing land into fields to grow crops for biofuels could provide up to 30 per cent of the world’s energy needs, according to a report. The report says at least 500 million hectares are available for sustainable biofuel production ...

  • How the media can get agri-tech on the radar

    How the media can get agri-tech on the radar

    Better journalism can benefit farmers all over the world, raising awareness about major ethical issues, such as the use of genetically modified strains, but also informing smallholders about new technologies ...

  • Fisheries indicators ‘too narrow’ to show real impact

    Fisheries indicators ‘too narrow’ to show real impact

    Global monitoring of fisheries must be improved to understand the mismatch between protecting marine life and the vital role fishing plays in many economies, according to a study. Using so-called ‘multi-dimensional fisheries performance ...

  • Reliance on trade makes food systems vulnerable

    Reliance on trade makes food systems vulnerable

    Boosting international trade may not be the best way to improve food security, as it makes many countries vulnerable to food shortages caused by market fluctuations, according to new research. A study published on 11 May in Proceedings of the ...

  • A worldwide network of seed information is taking root

    A worldwide network of seed information is taking root

    As an increasingly bloody civil war raged around them, a team of scientists in the Syrian capital Aleppo quietly packaged and shipped a series of nondescript cardboard boxes to an island not far from the North Pole. The boxes bore no sign of the ...

  • Amazon soaking up less carbon as tree deaths rise

    Amazon soaking up less carbon as tree deaths rise

    The Amazon rainforest is losing its capacity to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, raising concerns about how the forest will respond to future climate and atmospheric changes, according to a study in Nature. The study, published on ...

  • Q&A: A plant lab in the palm of your hand

    Q&A: A plant lab in the palm of your hand

    PhotosynQ, a project based at the University of Michigan in the United States, aims to help plant scientists around the world gather data through a cheap hand-held device called MultispeQ for scanning plant material.  By connecting the device ...

  • How Laos’s major dam on the Mekong is taking shape

    How Laos’s major dam on the Mekong is taking shape

    The Xayaburi Dam now being built on the Mekong River is part of the Laos government’s strategy to become the ‘battery of South-East Asia’. A further eight dams are proposed along the river in Laos, with two more planned on this ...

  • Vietnam eyes water-saving technology for its rice farms

    Vietnam eyes water-saving technology for its rice farms

    Agriculture experts say application of alternate wetting and drying (AWD) technology in Vietnam’s rice farms, one of South-East Asia’s largest rice-producing countries, holds great promise in cutting water use ...

  • Sowing the seeds of stable agriculture

    Sowing the seeds of stable agriculture

    In a country with a precarious history of food insecurity, one award-winning research institution is driving change in Senegal by focusing on training farmers and helping them to diversify their products. The Institute of Food Technology (ITA) has ...