Gene editing of wild plants can help us tap into new sources of food. But we need to make sure it's safe – and that demands some careful regulation.
There is something deeply irrational about the food waste movement.
Pollination by commercially raised bees is important to a variety of crops but none more than California almonds. In turn, beekeepers depend on them.
If humans are to live on Mars they will need a stable supply of food. Earth plants are not suited to the Mars climate but we can engineer plants that are.
Oomycete spores hack into plants to get what they need, causing agricultural disease. Can researchers figure out how to close plants' security loopholes and create more resilient crops?
The Mediterranean fruit fly can evolve rapidly to different environmental conditions, this suggests it will be well suited to cope with climate change.
How you prepare your coffee at home (and wash up the mugs) can have a big impact on its carbon footprint. So fill that kettle carefully, and only brew what you know you'll drink.
South Africa's land reform debate must not lose sight of the real issue: how to provide enough food to feed its people.
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.