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A new study, in the journal Plant Science, shows that the transfer of a trait, biological nitrification inhibition (BNI), to food and feed crops could decrease nitrous oxide emissions, as well as save farmers money on fertilizers. Certain plants contain this trait; it allows the plants to suppress the...
Researchers from the University of Western Australia have shown that a practice known as relay sowing can boost lentil crop production by 45 percent. The practice, which involves broadcasting primed lentil seeds into standing monsoonal rice two weeks prior to rice harvest, has been demonstrated in some...
A new journal called Food Security: The Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food was launched in February of this year. The foreword in the inaugural issue is authored by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug. Authors of other articles include Per Pinsturp-Anderson,...
Dr. John S. I. Ingram from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, and Dr. John R. Porter from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, write in a recent article in the journal Nature Plants that plant science has a necessary but not sufficient role to play in meeting the global food security challenge....
The University of California, Riverside, United States, holds a collection of 6,000 cowpea, or black-eyed pea, samples - the largest in the world. Cowpeas are a major food source worldwide, with West Africa leading world production. The cowpea is known for its ability to grow in difficult conditions....
The RiceAtlas, a spatial database that answers questions about where, when and how much rice is grown globally, is now publicly available. It represents a long-term global effort to collect, and continuously update, the most recent information on rice calendars and production worldwide. The dataset,...
In a new analysis of African agribusiness competitiveness, Dr. Suresh Babu, the head of capacity strengthening at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), says, “African countries have a very high potential to transform their agricultural sector by increasing the competitiveness of...
A new study, published in the journal Global Food Security, finds that livestock place less of a burden on the human food supply than previously reported. The study also found that certain production systems actually contribute directly to food security as they produce more highly valuable nutrients...
A new report released Tuesday by a team of experts from 10 institutions finds that energy and food security can be simultaneously improved through well-designed biofuel and bioenergy development programs. The report, “Reconciling Food Security and Bioenergy: Priorities for Action,” challenges many of...
This letter published in the journal Nature says that crop yields are rising more slowly than they were several decades ago. This, it says, is especially evident in Europe, and has serious implications for its responsibilities in global food production. In Denmark, France, Finland and Switzerland,...