Cassava leaves at a market in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Technology is changing how plant diseases are recognised and dealt with by small scale farmers in Africa.
These peatlands burned in Kampar, Riau, Indonesia, on July 24, 2017.
Rony Muharrman/Antara Foto via Reuters
A balanced research program should focus on good and rational peat management efforts that minimise environmental impacts, and on water regulation that reduces the risk of fire.
Not just for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
How do foods break into new niches and global markets? US cranberry growers, saddled with large surpluses and working to boost demand for their product, could take a lesson from soybeans.
Seeds and cereals are assessed in in laboratories to check the quality of the grains.
African countries, like Nigeria and Ethiopia, increased their food production using a system-wide approach, and not the traditional reliance on isolated projects.
Whiteflies - Africa’s main cassava pest causes damage to crops.
Crop losses in African countries due to insect pests are estimated at 49%. However, with some species losses can climb up to 100%.
Matt Damon as astronaut and exobotanist Mark Watney in the film The Martian grows crops on Mars.
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We will one day grow food in conditions as extreme as Mars. Developing the controlled environments required will help not only space explorers but also support our own survival here on Earth.
Demonstration farms showcase agricultural techniques and technologies to improve crops.
Flickr/Remi Nono-Womdim, FAO
Demonstration farms are a key way in which new knowledge can be transferred to farmers around the world.
Diversity, resilience, resistance to disease: seeds must be preserved to ensure we can feed our world in the future.
Prickly pear is a type of orphan crop.
Africa's orphan crops are under-researched and underutilised. They can be a vital tool in combating food and nutrition insecurity on the continent.
Workers harvesting from a commercial farm in Ethiopia.
Many African countries are still searching for inclusive commercial farming models that can bring in private investment without dispossessing local people.
Scanned from 'The Oxford encyclopedia of ancient Egypt'
New study finds little evidence that farmers consciously tried to turn wild plants into more useful crops.
Farmers are turning to natural bacteria to improve crops like cane – but they might be getting rubbish.
Crop probiotics are natural, eco-friendly and could provide huge benefits for Australian farmers. But our loose regulations means genuine products are competing with snake oil.
Microbes are tiny microscopic organisms such as bacteria and fungi that interact with soils and plants.
Microbial-based solutions for agriculture are among some of the new innovations having an impact on the sector in the developed world.
New research pinpoints the genes that could counteract decades of bland breeding.
Fields of gold: Australia’s wheat industry contributes more than A$5 billion to the economy each year.
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Australia's wheat harvest has stalled over the past 26 years, and worsening weather is to blame.
Facing down a future with no bananas.
Every single Cavendish banana plant worldwide is genetically identical. This vast monoculture sets them up for disastrous disease outbreaks. But researchers have ideas on how to protect the crop.
Charcoal rot is a relatively unknown disease causing yield losses in crops across South Africa, including maize.
Charcoal rot is associated with yield losses in crucial crops like maize, soybean and sorghum.
The silverlead whitefly is a major agricultural pest.
Invasive species and diseases pose a major threat to agriculture – particularly in the countries that can least afford it.
Beefy problem: livestock emit methane, but the soils where they graze can be much more climate-friendly than cropland.
AAP Image/Caroline Duncan Photography
Eating meat means greenhouse emissions. But the emissions from growing crops may have been underestimated, meaning that a climate-friendly diet isn't as straightforward as simply going vegetarian.
Our modern crops need some help in the immunity department.
Andy / Andrew Fogg
Modern agriculture is synonymous with monoculture. That lack of diversity is bad news for plants' natural immune defenses. Researchers are figuring out how to help plants fend off microbes – without pesticides.