Science News28/02/2015

Global organic market at 72 billion US dollars

A total of 43.1 million hectares were organic at the end of 2013, representing a growth of almost 6 million hectares compared to the previous survey. The countries with the largest share of organic agricultural land of their total farmland are the Falkland Islands, followed by Liechtenstein and Austria

di S. C.
Science News10/02/2015

GM crops: multiple toxins not a panacea for pest control

Overly optimistic assumptions about transgenic crops that produce two or more Bt toxins active against the same pest can lead to inadequate strategies for delaying evolution of pest resistance

di S. C.
Science News09/02/2015

Biofuel without competition with food resources

The efficient production of both biofuel and animal feed from one crop is now possible, and can be done on a farm without the need for off-site processes

di T N

Science News31/01/2015

Researchers identify natural plant compounds that work against insects

Many currently available insecticides present environmental and health risks. The need to develop novel effective insecticides is therefore urgent

di S. C.
Science News14/01/2015

Crops can do their own weed control

Research from the University of Copenhagen now suggests that the war on weeds can be conducted more sustainably by asjusting sowing patterns and crop density

di S. C.
Science News12/01/2015

Chitosan, a sustainable alternative for food packaging

A research group of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country has used a material known as chitosan, made from crustacean shells, to substitute petroleum by-products

di S. C.

Science News12/01/2015

The colour of the mug influences the taste of the coffee

The cup in which the coffee is served may affect us as a function of our perception of the general properties of the cup

di T N
Science News13/12/2014

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 are higher than previously thought. The study, conducted by UC Berkeley researchers, also found that certain practices could further shrink the productivity gap between organic crops and conventional farming

di S. C.
Science News13/12/2014

New insights into the origins of agriculture could help shape the future of food

Agricultural decisions made by our ancestors more than 10,000 years ago could hold the key to food security in the future, according to new research by the University of Sheffield

di S. C.

Science News15/11/2014

Strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must be financially attractive

Incorporating a grain legume in a two-year cropping rotation decreased greenhouse gas emissions from wheat production, according to a study by researchers from The University of Western Australia

di S. C.
Science News04/11/2014

Diet affects pesticide resistance in honey bees

Feeding honey bees a natural diet of pollen makes them significantly more resistant to pesticides than feeding them an artificial diet, according to a team of researchers

di S. C.
Science News31/10/2014

New discovery on pest fruit flies

Research findings should reduce trade barriers and boost pest control measures. The international collaborative effort, involving close to 50 researchers from 20 countries, began in 2009 and was coordinated by FAO and the International Atomic Energy Agency

di S. C.

Science News28/10/2014

Engineered strains of E. coli could improve the production of biogasoline

Joint BioEnergy Institute researchers combine systems biology with genetic engineering to improve production of isopentenol in E.Coli

di S. C.
Science News21/10/2014

How plants take care of their offspring?

Plants may not travel around as animals do, but they have evolved many strategies that allow them to cope and make the most of the environment they live in

di Bianca Santini
Science News13/10/2014

A new way of identifying genes that are important for photosynthesis in maize and in rice

C4 crops including maize, sorghum, switchgrass and sugarcane are able to withstand drought, heat, nitrogen and carbon dioxide limitations better than C3 crops, such as rice, wheat, barley and oats, due to their ability to efficiently make use of carbon dioxide and water that make carbohydrates we eat and cell wall polysaccharides

di R. T.

Science News30/09/2014

Against pathogenic contamination seeds are colonized by benefical microbes

The symbiotic bacteria help the plants extract nutrients and defend against invaders – an important step in preventing pathogens from contaminating fruits and vegetables

di S. C.
Science News14/09/2014

In dry soil and hight temperatures the organisms react more sensitive to marketable pesticides

Dry soil and at enhanced temperatures: both conditions may occur more often in the future due to climate change. Singularly and combined these factors lower the toxicity threshold of fungicides for springtails

di S. C.
Science News31/08/2014

Many of the world’s most important crop-producing countries will be fully saturated with pests

The study identifies the pests likely to be the most invasive in coming years, including: three species of tropical root knot nematode; Blumeria graminis, a fungus that causes powdery mildew on wheat and other cereals; and the Citrus tristeza virus

di R. T.