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Crops Can do their Own Weed Control
In conventional farming, the most frequently used herbicides for weed control have a negative impact on the environment....
GMOs with Health Benefits Have Large Market Potential
Over the last years, various GM crops with health benefits have been developed in which genes, mostly originating from other organisms,...
Scientists Have Developed Model for Oil Palm Cultivation
Australian scientists have developed a model for oil palm cultivation, aimed at helping growers of the crop maximize the yields of...
How Will Climate Change Transform Agriculture?
Climate change impacts will require major but very uncertain transformations of global agriculture systems by mid-century, according...
Can Returning Crops to Their Wild States Help Feed the World?
To feed the world's growing population expected to reach nine billion by the year 2050 we will have to find ways to produce more food...
Toxins in Nectar and Pollen Poison Insects, Affect their Memory
Natural toxins in nectar and pollen can poison insects and affect their memory, behaviour and reproductive success, researchers have...
Mother Plants Teach Seeds About Seasons; Give Them a Thicker Coat
New research by Dr Steve Penfield from the John Innes Centre has found that 'mother' plants remember the seasons and use this memory...
China's Food Self-sufficiency Policy
It is unlikely China will be able to maintain self-sufficiency on all major agrifood commodities, according to Matthew Hyde and Faraz...
How to Sustainably Feed Nine Billion People
Becoming self-sufficient in food production – what better way is there for countries to sustainably feed their growing populations?...
Insecticides Foster 'Toxic' Slugs, Reduce Crop Yields
Insecticides aimed at controlling early-season crop pests, such as soil-dwelling grubs and maggots, can increase slug populations,...
Can Organic Crops Compete with Industrial Agriculture?
A systematic overview of more than 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture...
Protecting the Rainforest Through Agriculture and Forestry
Study investigates land use concepts in tropical mountain forests...
Can Stress Management Help Save Honeybees?
Honeybee populations are clearly under stress from the parasitic Varroa mite, insecticides, and a host of other factors but it's been...
Wild food is Important Ecosystem Service, Study Argues
Wild plants and animals consumed as food provide an important ecosystem service that deserves more policy attention, claims a recent...
Boosts in Productivity of Corn Modifies Northern Hemisphere Carbon Dioxide Cycle
Each year in the Northern Hemisphere, levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide drop in the summer as plants "inhale," then climb again...
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