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Organic waste and insects: animal feed of the future?
Organic waste and insects: animal feed of the future?

Right now, the European Union doesn’t have enough animal feed of its own to nourish livestock, forcing it to bring in supplies from beyond the bloc’s borders. To face this unsustainable dependency, researchers are looking for alternative protein sources

(11 Aug 2017)
Could ‘superfoods’ stop disease?
Could ‘superfoods’ stop disease?

Lentils and broccoli, algae and insects: science is investigating traditional and new diets in a bid to reduce the risks of us getting ill

(10 Aug 2017)
Climate change threatens some of the world’s best wines
Climate change threatens some of the world’s best wines

Global warming is affecting the taste and production of wine growing regions across the world. Finding genes better suited to stress and pests can boost resilience

(25 Jul 2017)
Biotechnology: navigating a minefield
Biotechnology: navigating a minefield

When it comes to getting biotechnology innovations to market, with commercial protection, it can be tough. Around three quarters of patent applications normally fail to cut it. Although biotechnology is recognised as being important for the economy and society, it can also be highly controversial – attracting public protests

(12 Apr 2017)
How safe is seafood?
How safe is seafood?

Seafood is the main component of European Christmas menus. But with rising concern about chemical pollution in the marine environment, is seafood safe to eat?

(20 Dec 2016)
Do microbes control our mood?
Do microbes control our mood?

Research on gut bacteria may change the way we look at anxiety, depression, and behavioural disorders

(17 Oct 2016)
Levelling food price volatility, while supporting the poor
Levelling food price volatility, while supporting the poor

Food crises leave the poor in desperation for a long time. To calm the dreadful effects of weather and climate disasters as well as food price volatility it is better if governments forget about managing prices and instead care for the poor, experts say

(14 Oct 2016)
Bioeconomy: the ideal mix to pave the way for investments
Bioeconomy: the ideal mix to pave the way for investments

Venture capitalists of course seek smart inventors and breakthrough products. But candidates with intellectual property and business skills are music to investors' ears

(29 Sep 2016)
Bioeconomy innovations: tough starting up
Bioeconomy innovations: tough starting up

A German blog on innovations management estimates that between 175 and 3,000 ideas are needed to bring just one product or service to the market. Venture capitalists assume that only one out of ten investments pays, says expert Heinrich Cuypers. It seems that the benchmarks for creating a business are extremely tough. But they are not insurmountable.

(26 Sep 2016)
Satellites and high-tech solutions help African farmers face historic drought
Satellites and high-tech solutions help African farmers face historic drought

African and European researchers are employing high-tech water management research methods to help low-tech South African smallholders improve food security. Additionally, extremely high levels of Microcystin toxicity and uranium contamination in important river systems spark calls for extra research on bioaccumulation through the human food chain

(25 Aug 2016)
Which is more wholesome: wild or farmed fish?
Which is more wholesome: wild or farmed fish?

Science gives us a heads-up for choosing at the counter and helps in the struggle to save the global fish stocks

(05 Jul 2016)
Preventing “oceans of plastic soup”
Preventing “oceans of plastic soup”

Research on biodegradable plastics is a leap toward prevention

(22 Mar 2016)
Digging into the DNA for a successful diet
Digging into the DNA for a successful diet

Genetically-tailored diets are in vogue. But do they work?

(25 Feb 2016)
Resilient seeds - Nurturing the future of agriculture
Resilient seeds - Nurturing the future of agriculture

Climate change and man-made events put global food security at risk. But researching how plants produce seeds and evolve could help us find new ways to ensure food security

(02 Feb 2016)
Is it a real food allergy?
Is it a real food allergy?

Over recent years we have been witnessing  a significant increase in food intolerances and allergy. But when is it really an allergy? Is it possible to prevent by intervening in the very first few months of life?

(21 Jan 2016)
Pig plague threatens Europe
Pig plague threatens Europe

Europe’s valuable pig industry is threatened by a plague on its eastern borders with vast destructive potential known as African swine fever. Scientists are fighting back. 

(17 Dec 2014)
CommNet Impact Awards winners announced!
CommNet Impact Awards winners announced!

The winners of the CommNet Impact Awards were announced last night at the CommNet event: Building the Bioeconomy – Creating Impact through Communication: CommNet’s 3rd Bioeconomy Forum & Final ConferenceDialogues, Debates, Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Brussels, Belgium.

(05 Dec 2014)
3D printing to the rescue of gastronomy for frail seniors
3D printing to the rescue of gastronomy for frail seniors

Researchers are now developing personalised food for elderly people with chewing or swallowing problems, by working on printable versions of meat and vegetables

(04 Dec 2014)
Brown versus white bread: the battle for a fibre-rich diet
Brown versus white bread: the battle for a fibre-rich diet

Choosing novel bread for its nutritious value without losing the attractiveness of white bread, is now possible thanks to European research

(27 Nov 2014)
Towards genetically-improved conifers
Towards genetically-improved conifers

Genomics is going to improve our understanding of the genetic make-up of pines

(05 Nov 2014)
Urban agriculture is more than a hippy-style hobby
Urban agriculture is more than a hippy-style hobby

Meeting the challenge of developing a sustainable living may require introducing agriculture in urban areas

(23 Oct 2014)
Early warning system for fish farmers
Early warning system for fish farmers

A novel autonomous biosensor may help scientists to detect environmental hazards in the sea at an early stage. But applying such approach to the marine environment is a huge challenge.

(07 Oct 2014)
Video - Revolutionary System Monitors Water Pollution
Video - Revolutionary System Monitors Water Pollution

Scientists are developing a real-time monitoring system for offshore aquaculture, so fish and shellfish farmers can be warned in time and prevent epidemic.

(07 Oct 2014)
Free ecosystem services for better crops
Free ecosystem services for better crops

European scientists are developing a web-based tool for farmers so they can see what is available in terms of ecosystem services.  

(16 Sep 2014)
Video - Reducing pesticides and boosting harvests
Video - Reducing pesticides and boosting harvests

Scientists in Italy are experimenting with sound vibrations to replace pesticides. Adapting different eco-friendly methods they are able to boost harvests and open up a new chapter in sustainable farming.  

(16 Sep 2014)
Video - Microbes clean up the oceans
Video - Microbes clean up the oceans

Oil spills and plastic waste are polluting our oceans – destroying marine life and contaminating beaches. Now scientists are exploring how they can get microbes to degrade these substances more effectively and thus reduce the pollution in the sea.

(09 Sep 2014)
Speeding up nature’s oil spill cleaners
Speeding up nature’s oil spill cleaners

Bacteria in the sea slowly break up oil naturally. But artificially providing them with thriving growth conditions could accelerate oil spill mop-ups. 

(08 Sep 2014)
Ridding the sea and land from toxic plastics fragments
Ridding the sea and land from toxic plastics fragments

New ways identified to tackle the presence of small fragments of plastics in the environment, to prevent toxic chemicals absorbed into them from entering the food chain

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Einar Eg Nielsen – Genetically tracking farmed fish escaping into the wild
Einar Eg Nielsen – Genetically tracking farmed fish escaping into the wild

Newly developed genetic tools may help distinguish wild fish from those escaped from farms, providing a boost for sustainable and environmentally friendly aquaculture.

(19 Aug 2014)
The road to sustainable tuna aquaculture
The road to sustainable tuna aquaculture

Domesticating Atlantic Bluefin Tuna may help meet the food industry’s demand for this endangered species. However, making such an endeavour sustainable is a challenging task.   

(04 Jul 2014)
Airbags for ships save lives, environment and cargo
Airbags for ships save lives, environment and cargo

Innovative rapidly inflating balloon technology could keep damaged ships afloat. But more fine-tuning needs to be done and there are some concerns about reliability.

(23 Jun 2014)
Antonio Marques – Improving seafood safety
Antonio Marques – Improving seafood safety

New research is underway that aims to improve detection of seafood contaminants that could be used in prevention and to assess their impact on public health.

(06 Jun 2014)
Putting the sunshine vitamin in the spotlight
Putting the sunshine vitamin in the spotlight

Food-based solutions are being devised to counter the ‘vitamin D winters'.

(23 May 2014)
Presenting EU KBBE research on the world stage
Presenting EU KBBE research on the world stage

Could your research benefit from exposure in the emerging nations? Have you thought about disseminating your findings beyond Europe? 

(14 May 2014)
Anne Raben – Diet and exercise combinations to counter type-2 diabetes
Anne Raben – Diet and exercise combinations to counter type-2 diabetes

Obesity puts people at risk of type-2 diabetes. But new research aims to find a combined diet-exercise prescription for keeping the optimal body weight, which may help prevent the disease. 

(09 May 2014)
Pig farmers get smart
Pig farmers get smart

Real-time information from sensors peppered around pigs farms, could herald an era of healthier and faster growing animals 

(28 Apr 2014)
Video - Big Brother Enters Pig Farms
Video - Big Brother Enters Pig Farms

Farmers and engineers have turned a Spanish pig farm into a big brother camp, where the animals are monitored in every aspect of their life. The aim is to optimize farming methods for the benefit of both the pigs and the farmer. 

(28 Apr 2014)
Mum’s diet mirrors child’s food allergies
Mum’s diet mirrors child’s food allergies

A long-term study evaluating maternal diet’s impact on food allergy in later life is expected to uncover causes of allergy in children

(18 Apr 2014)
Geert Bruggeman – Maggots: the perfect protein source
Geert Bruggeman – Maggots: the perfect protein source

Relying on proteins from fast-growing insects such as maggots presents many advantages, but we need a better knowledge of these protein sources before they can be turned into animal feed

(01 Apr 2014)
Video - Eating Insects - New Proteins for Farm Animals
Video - Eating Insects - New Proteins for Farm Animals

It may not become your favorite dish, but in some parts of the world insects are considered a healthy and tasty source of food. In China animal farmers are using insects also as a low-cost and highly nutritious animal feed. Now nutrition experts are investigating how this protein-rich feed could be introduced to farmers in Europe. 

(01 Apr 2014)
A pest management toolbox to reduce pesticide use
A pest management toolbox to reduce pesticide use

Integrated pest management gains momentum due to European regulations on pesticides reduction. But the challenges are to integrate all alternative methods and to get farmers involved. 

(28 Mar 2014)
Video - When your water is contaminated
Video - When your water is contaminated

Every year 300.000 Europeans are falling ill because of contaminated drinking water. A new high-speed test is being developed to identify the contamination of drinking water much faster than today and thus reduce the number of victims considerably.

(18 Mar 2014)
Video - Microbes: The New Bioplastic Factories
Video - Microbes: The New Bioplastic Factories

European scientists are experimenting with bacteria and algae and turn them into bioplastic factories. Their vision: these microorganisms should produce a large portion of our plastic materials without any petroleum.

(11 Mar 2014)
When urban waste become bioplastics
When urban waste become bioplastics

Bacteria may be the key to produce useful bioplastics from the gasification of urban waste

(11 Mar 2014)
Sophie Hieke - No ‘one size fits all’ for health claims
Sophie Hieke - No ‘one size fits all’ for health claims

Health claims and symbols on food products could have a positive impact on public health. But there’s no clear view yet on what works best. 

(07 Mar 2014)
Cow fertility – not so black and white
Cow fertility – not so black and white

Increased milk yields in Holstein cows have unfortunately led to lower fertility. But finding new genetic markers at early reproductive stages may help boost fertility 

(28 Feb 2014)
Diet’s impact on Alzheimer’s dementia tested
Diet’s impact on Alzheimer’s dementia tested

A cocktail of ingredients containing omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oil is being tested in patients with mild cognitive impairment as a means to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s dementia down

(17 Feb 2014)
Good risk communication, safer food
Good risk communication, safer food

A new online resource provides advice to food safety communicators, to avoid knee-jerk reactions when food scares occur

(10 Feb 2014)
Smart and personal: dietary advice
Smart and personal: dietary advice

Tailoring people’s diet to optimise their health and minimise their risk of disease, is a new scientific approach called personalised nutrition. But it remains a challenge. 

(31 Jan 2014)
Looking inside food microstructures
Looking inside food microstructures

Applying imaging techniques to food structure is helping scientists devise ways of improving the quality of processed food

(24 Jan 2014)
Organic by-product derived biochar, a greener option
Organic by-product derived biochar, a greener option

Reducing mineral fertilisers and chemicals use in agriculture is a priority. Alternatives include safe biochar and compost produced from treated organic residues from plant and animal by-products.

(13 Jan 2014)
The case for low methane-emitting cattle
The case for low methane-emitting cattle

A new research project looks into the possibilities of adapting every aspect of cattle husbandry and selection processes to lower their greenhouse gas emissions

(10 Jan 2014)
Grass as the new biofuel
Grass as the new biofuel

A new European research project seeks grass crops that could be grown and harvested on marginal lands, away from areas suitable for food crops

(17 Dec 2013)
Hans van Goudoever - Right amount of fat and protein, key to babies
Hans van Goudoever - Right amount of fat and protein, key to babies

A new research projects studies the nutrition of babies and infants as a means to improve dietary recommendations to young mothers

(10 Dec 2013)
Video - Fighting the childhood obesity crisis
Video - Fighting the childhood obesity crisis

Scientists are studying the genetic, social and dietary factors influencing child obesity.

(10 Dec 2013)
Video - Too tasty for your own good
Video - Too tasty for your own good

Scientists are attempting to tackle obesity by exploring ways of helping people stay healthy. One research project aims at producing junk-free, albeit tasty, food, whereas another looks at better understanding food consumption stimuli.

(02 Dec 2013)
Quick ID for water pathogens
Quick ID for water pathogens

New research purports to help people stay healthy by developing a real-time water bug testing that could precisely identify the culprits responsible for waterborne disease

(30 Oct 2013)
Nanodiamonds: a cancer patient’s best friend?
Nanodiamonds: a cancer patient’s best friend?

Real-time monitoring of cancer cell processes could soon be possible thanks to nanometric scale diamonds used as biosensors

(23 Oct 2013)
Recipe for food sovereignty
Recipe for food sovereignty

The actors of the food supply chain need to adapt their practice to ensure both safe and sustainable production while retaining their say on food sovereignty 

(11 Oct 2013)
Micronutrients intake mapped out
Micronutrients intake mapped out

A new guiding framework is designed to help national governments determine recommended daily vitamins and minerals intake, depending on where they live in Europe. 

(04 Oct 2013)
Tweaking Mother Nature’s chemistry box
Tweaking Mother Nature’s chemistry box

Scientists attempt to reengineering enzymes to introduce the methods of nature into industrial chemistry

(26 Sep 2013)
Lucia Doyle: combining irrigation and fertilisation in open-fields agriculture
Lucia Doyle: combining irrigation and fertilisation in open-fields agriculture

An automatic system to increase agricultural crop yield and simultaneously save resources

(19 Sep 2013)
Next generation cures born from the sea
Next generation cures born from the sea

Tackling the risks of infection and other illnesses remains a challenge. Might the solution come from the sea?

(02 Sep 2013)
Less salt, sugar and fat, same pleasure
Less salt, sugar and fat, same pleasure

Researchers strive to drastically reduce the proportion of salt, sugar and fat, considered as factors of health risk in food. But keeping sensory and nutritional properties of foods intact is not so easy.

(19 Aug 2013)
Junk-free pizza, engineered to please taste buds
Junk-free pizza, engineered to please taste buds

Food researchers are looking for new ways to reduce the sugar, fat or salt content in ready-made meals without using additives. But will consumers accept this new type of food?

(29 Jul 2013)
Sustainably exploiting the sea’s treasure trove
Sustainably exploiting the sea’s treasure trove

Researchers are looking at environmentally friendly ways of extracting valuable bioactive molecules from marine-based organisms.

(22 Jul 2013)
Søren Balling Engelsen: how molecules pinpoint deficient diets
Søren Balling Engelsen: how molecules pinpoint deficient diets

Scientists are now attempting to address the dietary habits of people with inadequate nutrition.

(18 Jul 2013)
Keith Tomlins: Controlling waste in tuber crops for a better economy
Keith Tomlins: Controlling waste in tuber crops for a better economy

Trying to optimise production and use of staple food such as cassava and yams in African and Asian countries could also involve cross-fertilisation of best practices across continents

(04 Jul 2013)
How beneficial polyphenols truly are?
How beneficial polyphenols truly are?

Scientifically proving the health benefits of polyphenols, particularly in reducing cardiovascular disease risks, can only be useful when taking into account how they fit in the body’s complexity

(24 Jun 2013)
Tougher climate-resistant crops
Tougher climate-resistant crops

When legumes improved thanks to genetic analysis act as a test bench for more resilient plants, susceptible of ultimately reducing EU dependence on food and feed imports 

(21 Jun 2013)
No biomarkers identified to assess potential health effects of GMOs
No biomarkers identified to assess potential health effects of GMOs

Identifying biomarkers in GM food or feed susceptible of identifying their potential adverse health effects, once they have reached the market, has proven a big challenge

(18 Jun 2013)
Peter Freeman: Plants tell time
Peter Freeman: Plants tell time

Plants tell time. And understanding the workings of their internal clocks can help us improve what we get from our crops. 

(03 Jun 2013)
Can plastic be made from algae?
Can plastic be made from algae?

Algae offer many advantages, for the production of precursor molecules used to produce plastics. But these solutions are still quite a long way away

(27 May 2013)
Making ice-cream more nutritious with meat left-overs
Making ice-cream more nutritious with meat left-overs

Food industries are now turning meat left-over into high-protein content ingredients for food supplements, or to be added to processed food. But a EU-wide regulation covering them is still lacking.

(20 May 2013)
Biogas from animal waste in need of maturity
Biogas from animal waste in need of maturity

Biogas-based energy could solve both the environmental concern of agricultural waste and reduce dependency of fossil fuels, particularly in Eastern Europe, albeit at a steep production cost

(06 May 2013)
Greener milk: how to make cow’s nitrogen intake efficient
Greener milk: how to make cow’s nitrogen intake efficient

Research attempts to balance more efficient uptake during cows’ digestion of nitrogen feed fertiliser to help reduce the level of cattles’ flatulences responsible for generating methane, a greenhouse gas

(02 May 2013)
Funky food from fruit by-products
Funky food from fruit by-products

Reusing the by-products of fruit and cereal processing could help promote the sustainability of the food industry, as long as its overall environmental fingerprint is clearly evaluated

(29 Apr 2013)
Food price surges: still a mystery
Food price surges: still a mystery

Food market volatility has yet to be understood and there is no definite proof that it is due to speculators

(19 Apr 2013)
Reliable packaging for chemical-free food
Reliable packaging for chemical-free food

To prevent molecules migrating from plastic packaging into the food they contain, scientists are identifying each critical point where this phenomenon can occur, using a method inspired from aeronautics

(08 Apr 2013)
Functional foods from the sea
Functional foods from the sea

The prebiotic potential of seaweed derived nutriments has to be further confirmed before marine nutritional supplements flood the shelves of our health shops

(03 Apr 2013)
Lars Ove Dragsted: can an apple a day really keep the doctor away?
Lars Ove Dragsted: can an apple a day really keep the doctor away?

Studies of the bioactive compounds found in apples aim to uncover compounds that have an ability to prevent or alter the risk of serious ailments such as diabetes and heart disease.

(25 Mar 2013)
Anti-allergy GM apples
Anti-allergy GM apples

Scientists are trying to engineer apples so that the most widely consumed fruit in Europe no longer triggers allergic reactions. But would people want to eat them? 

(18 Mar 2013)
Suzanne Dickson: Brain mechanisms of food reward
Suzanne Dickson: Brain mechanisms of food reward

Studying what makes us want to eat, could help devise approaches to prevent obesity, which is becoming widespread in Europe

(11 Mar 2013)
Daniel Ribera: turning food-soiled packaging into safe compost
Daniel Ribera: turning food-soiled packaging into safe compost

Composting instead of incinerating or landfilling is a promising way that has until now been hampered by the presence of chemicals in packaging. 

(05 Mar 2013)
Age-proof diet for longevity
Age-proof diet for longevity

By studying the molecular mechanism of food nutrients from a Mediterranean diet in an elderly population, scientist hope to help countering their physical and mental decline

(27 Feb 2013)
A sticky solution against beef bacteria
A sticky solution against beef bacteria

Scientists are targeting disease-causing bacteria present on cows’ skin as an attempt to prevent them from contaminating beef meat, and from posing a threat to consumers’ health. 

(19 Feb 2013)
Slow headway for food safety
Slow headway for food safety

Despite the availability of new and preventive methods against foodborne diseases, their uptake throughout the entire chain of food production appears to be slow.

(12 Feb 2013)
Nylons made from shrimps
Nylons made from shrimps

Scientists are investigating how shell waste from crustaceans could be turned into polymer precursors as a substitute to petroleum-derived solutions.

(07 Feb 2013)
Biomass bonanza as plastics’ raw materials
Biomass bonanza as plastics’ raw materials

How European scientists are a preparing for a change from a fossil-fuel to a bio-based economy.

(01 Feb 2013)
Aquaculture: helping blue turn green
Aquaculture: helping blue turn green

Producing sea shells and algae alongside fish could provide both an environmentally friendly and economically viable solution to make Mediterranean aquaculture sustainable.

(21 Jan 2013)
Food Bug Forensic Tracking
Food Bug Forensic Tracking

Detective-style high-tech methods are being used in meat factories to trace harmful microbial contaminants.

(14 Jan 2013)
Turning the tide on seaweed supplements
Turning the tide on seaweed supplements

Proving the health benefits of a new class of compounds extracted from seaweed may require undergoing lengthy trials and comparison with similar substances before they become available as food supplements

(10 Jan 2013)
Patrick Kolsteren: A homegrown African research agenda for tackling malnutrition
Patrick Kolsteren: A homegrown African research agenda for tackling malnutrition

Patrick Kolsteren is the general coordinator of the SUNRAY research project designed to contribute to the establishment of research in sustainable nutrition in Africa

(03 Jan 2013)
Fish bones’ second life
Fish bones’ second life

A new project is exploring means of turning fish waste into value-added products such as neutraceuticals while attempting to make fisheries a greener industry in developing countries

(21 Dec 2012)
Ridding our diet of noxious substances
Ridding our diet of noxious substances

Scientist are scrutinising our daily exposure to food contaminants across the diversity of European diets—a first that could ultimately help change our eating habit for better health

(13 Dec 2012)
Slashing mountains of food waste
Slashing mountains of food waste

Research examining every step of the food supply chain to try and cut down the unprecedented amounts of food wasted every year found that individual consumers need to be more involved

(04 Dec 2012)
Genetic testing in the steak-house
Genetic testing in the steak-house

DNA analyses may help select the best breeds by predicting how beef will taste once it reaches our palate

(08 Nov 2012)
The hunt for stowaway bugs
The hunt for stowaway bugs

Microorganism entering European airports incognito in the luggage of ordinary travellers unaware that they are potential health hazards for the residents of the country they visit

(16 Oct 2012)
Citizen Foodie
Citizen Foodie

A new approach of civic participation seeking to help determine the future food and health research aims to support the adoption of healthy eating habits

(18 Sep 2012)
Fibers as immune system boosters
Fibers as immune system boosters

A new EU-backed study aims at scientifically prove claims that fibres called polysaccharides help boost the immune system

(05 Sep 2012)
The joker card in the renewable energy game
The joker card in the renewable energy game

Local renewable energy sources such as woodchips offer the advantage of being sustainable and reducing dependency on energy imports. Yet, they are best used for combined heat and power production

(25 Jul 2012)
Big Brother Watching Teens’ Diet and Play
Big Brother Watching Teens’ Diet and Play

A new pan-European project aims to find the determinants of eating behaviour and physical activity of adolescents replaced in the family context 

(13 Jul 2012)
The battle of the bulge
The battle of the bulge

Deciphering satiety signals from the gut to the brain, could help devise smart food designed to communicate feeling of fullness to the brain, and thus help fight obesity

(12 Jul 2012)
Take your medicine – or is it just food?
Take your medicine – or is it just food?

A new database of information on food ingredients will help clarify the fuzzy boundary between food supplements and herbal medicines across Europe

(10 Jul 2012)
Gluten doppelgänger in the baking
Gluten doppelgänger in the baking

Gasp of relief for people affected by coeliac disease: new ingredients that make gluten-free products tasty and highly-nutritious are expected to soon become available with the help from a food innovation network

(05 Jul 2012)
Calorie-light food for the insatiables
Calorie-light food for the insatiables

Our attraction to foods bloated with energy has made excess body weight increasingly common, particularly in the West. Hence, people’s health has been affected. Scientists are now investigating new ingredients to satisfy our taste buds without impacting our health

(05 Jul 2012)
Adapting to climate change
Adapting to climate change

Traditional crop varieties of indigenous people could prove even more important than modern agriculture in adapting agriculture to climate changes

(14 May 2012)
What’s on and what's next on the genome mapping forefront?
What’s on and what's next on the genome mapping forefront?

New technologies promise cheaper and faster genome map production, leading to reduced fertilizer use, increased crop disease resistance and higher agricultural yields.

(14 May 2012)
Bees “restored to health” in Italy after this spring’s neonicotinoid-free maize sowing
Bees “restored to health” in Italy after this spring’s neonicotinoid-free maize sowing

During 2009 neonicotinoid-free maize sowing in Italy hardly a bee colony has been lost, bar a suspicious case where some leftover seed from last year may have been used.

(14 May 2012)
Between 33% and 41% of world land risks desertification
Between 33% and 41% of world land risks desertification

The unsustainability of human behaviour is reflected in the dramatic deterioration of the earth’s land, which is already affecting between 1,5 to 2 billion people as the latest report by UNCCD

(14 May 2012)
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