Honeybees receive a lot of attention, but the first North American bee to be listed as an endangered species is a wild bumble bee. Wild bees are vital pollinators, and some are declining rapidly.
An invasive insect native to Asia, Halyomorpha halys, has been detected in the US, Canada and southern Europe. It’s now made its debut in Paris.
Technology is changing how plant diseases are recognised and dealt with by small scale farmers in Africa.
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.
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.
African countries, like Nigeria and Ethiopia, increased their food production using a system-wide approach, and not the traditional reliance on isolated projects.
Crop losses in African countries due to insect pests are estimated at 49%. However, with some species losses can climb up to 100%.
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 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.
Africa's orphan crops are under-researched and underutilised. They can be a vital tool in combating food and nutrition insecurity on the continent.
Many African countries are still searching for inclusive commercial farming models that can bring in private investment without dispossessing local people.
New study finds little evidence that farmers consciously tried to turn wild plants into more useful crops.
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.
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.
Australia's wheat harvest has stalled over the past 26 years, and worsening weather is to blame.
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 associated with yield losses in crucial crops like maize, soybean and sorghum.
Invasive species and diseases pose a major threat to agriculture – particularly in the countries that can least afford it.