Burkina Faso’s genetically modified cotton success narrative was built on studies with methodological problems.
A dairy cow grazes on the lawns in front of Parliament House in Canberra in 2015, as part of an industry event.
Pressure is mounting on Australia’s dairy farmers, from farm gate prices to animal welfare concerns, and technology that could produce milk without cows.
Pulses of light followed by extended dark periods might help make indoor agricultural production more sustainable.
Indoor plant factories have high energy costs since LEDs replace the sunlight outdoor plants get for free. Scientists found a way to dial back how much light is needed by breaking it into tiny bursts.
A Ugandan family works on their farm near the capital Kampala.
Little effort has been made to improve the quality control of the seed supply chain as a whole in Uganda.
Soybean farmer in Malawi.
IFPRI/Mitchell Maher via Flickr
How can we feed a growing world population while protecting the environment? One key strategy is to improve yields on small farms, which produce much of the food in the world’s hungriest countries.
Brahman cattle in northern Australia.
The humped Brahman cattle are now a regular sight across northern Australia, but it was a challenge to get them accepted by producers.
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Ensuring the next 10 billion people are fed fairly will require a radical restructuring of global agri-tech.
Field tests of flood-tolerant ‘scuba rice.’
International Rice Research Institute/Flickr
Advocates have argued for years about whether genetically engineered crops are safe to grow and eat. Plant pathologist and geneticist Pamela Ronald calls for a more nuanced discussion.
Nicotiana benthamiana growing in the wild in coastal northern Western Australia.
Australia’s risks losing its valuable native plants that could help solve a global food problem. So do we need new laws to stop the seeds being taken overseas?
A South African farmer from Piketberg 100km outside Cape Town inspects the dry soil in his field of sewn wheat. It is cheaper to import the crop than to grow it commercially.
South Africa’s agricultural industry has struggled over the past 20 years due to the country’s rush to liberalise the sector while other countries continued to support their farmers.
No insects here – and no insecticide either.
FAO of the UN
Spraying chemicals on crops has proven costly and counter-productive, according to new research.
Wheat ready for harvest in New South Wales. But how to increase production using the same areas of land?
Flickr/Tim J Keegan
The world’s population is set to double by the end of the century. But there is only so much land available for food production.
Yellow Rust spores can be seen bursting out of a wheat leaf from the inside, tearing their way through the epidermis.
Kim Findlay/John Innes Centre
A wheat-infecting pathogen is on the march in the UK - but new genetic techniques will enable faster, clearer diagnosis.
Free the seed!
Today, just three companies – Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta – account for about half of all commercial seed sales. More and more, agricultural patents are used to increase the control these and similar…
Increasing the concentration of selenium in lentil seeds may help prevent a global deficiency of the essential mineral. Researchers…
With growing pressures on our land, the aim will be to ‘farm smarter, not harder’.
AUSTRALIA 2025: How will science address the challenges of the future? In collaboration with Australia’s chief scientist Ian Chubb, we’re asking how each science discipline will contribute to Australia…
Researchers have discovered a way to manipulate corn growth using temperature adjustments, resulting in a crop with a smaller…
A new breed of hemp crop has been developed that has a similar oil yield to olive oil, has a longer shelf life and is more…
A far-from-mellow yellow.
Perhaps I was naive, but when I discovered the extent of the chemical soup applied to typical fields I was astonished. As part of our ongoing investigations into the impact of pesticides on bees, we looked…
We need more, but more of what? Perhaps not this.
Resource-intensive agriculture, despite its productivity, nevertheless has failed to feed the world’s current population, never mind the nine billion people expected by 2050. This system that currently…