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Fruit production of shea is limited by lack of pollination and this limitation is greater at sites with less tree and shrub diversity. Author provided

Plant diversity makes West Africa’s shea trees bear more fruit

Fruit production of shea is often limited by a lack of pollination which is more pronounced in places with less tree and shrub diversity.
American biochemist Jennifer A. Doudna, left, and French microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier were awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for chemistry. Alexander Heinl/picture alliance via Getty Images

Nobel Prize for chemistry honors exquisitely precise gene-editing technique, CRISPR – a gene engineer explains how it works

The tools to rewrite the genetic code to improve crops and livestock, or to treat genetic diseases, has revolutionized biology. A CRISPR engineer explains why this technology won the Nobel, and its potential.
Land reform strategies portray the land as uniform, static and independent from its social-environmental context. GettyImages

South Africa’s land reform policies need to embrace social, economic and ecological sustainability

South Africa's that current land reform strategies focus too narrowly on agricultural outcomes and transferred ownership - this undermines equitable and sustainable land reform.

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