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Local food crops can feed less than one third of the world's population
In discussions about sustainability of food production and consumption, it is often suggested that the proportion of locally produced products should increase. However, it is largely unknown how high this share can be whilst still meeting current demands...
Can Africa feed itself?
In 2050, when the population of Africa is two and a half times larger than now, the continent will scarcely be able to grow enough food for its own population. ...
Plant diseases: Tracking down molecular mechanisms
DFG approves interdisciplinary research group "Communication in host plant-microbe interaction through exRNA" with core at Justus Liebig University Giessen - research approaches at the system level...
Rewiring plant reproduction for higher seed yields in Africa
Exploiting quirks in plant reproduction could boost yields in two staple crops, sorghum and cowpea, for crop farming communities in sub-Saharan Africa (SA)....
Photosynthesis varies greatly across rice cultivars — natural diversity could boost yields
Rice is a direct source of calories for more people than any other crop and serves as the main staple for 560 million chronically hungry people in Asia....
Grain crops with lower carotene levels are less affected by parasitic plants
Grain crops that produce less carotene can produce more food, especially in Africa, as they are less affected by parasitic plants. ...



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