A team of scientists unravelled the mystery of how plant roots make the most of soil moisture.
Wheat is an important global crop, but new research suggests that fungal toxins have contaminated half of all European wheat produced for food.
Flash droughts can develop within a few weeks, causing water shortages, damaging crops and worsening fire risks.
There are ‘jewels’ among the piles of ash that remain once sugarcane’s fibrous material is burned.
Technologies being developed for growing food in space have contributed to advances in agriculture and crops on Earth.
How well Morocco manages challenges to its fertiliser industry will affect its own development and the stability of food supplies across the world.
Rising carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may be a boon for maize crops in tropical growing regions like those found in much of Africa.
The African BioGenome Project is a pan-African project that seeks to sequence Africa’s endemic and indigenous plants and animals.
A regulatory approach will place an unnecessary burden on bio-innovators. This will discourage local investment for in-house R&D, as well as projects in the public sector.
Permaculture – a mashup of ‘permanent’ and ‘culture’ – is a way of doing agriculture that’s inspired by the resilience and biodiversity of healthy natural ecosystems.
Elephants avoided areas where others were poached.
Zimbabwe’s 2021 bumper harvest is a welcome development but, it’s important to know what’s behind this success and what challenges remain.
Apple breeders have created crisp, juicy and tasty fruits, but the limited varieties leave crops vulnerable to diseases, pests and climate change. Introducing new traits could improve crop resilience.
Realities on the ground tell a different story from the claim that a Green Revolution ensures food security and increased income for smallholder farmers in Ghana.
Crop raiding is happening more often in the Masai Mara, in different places and at different times of the year.
Paraquat’s potentially lethal effects on humans are well known. But our research has found it also causes serious environmental damage.
Our research found that in 700 years, the 20th century was the wheatbelt’s wettest. This means all our drought predictions are skewed.
Moringa as a crop is on the rise in South Africa. But more must be done to make use of this versatile, climate resilient plant.
Farmers can help slow climate change by mixing native grasses into croplands, restoring wetlands and raising perennial crops. These strategies also conserve soil and water and build new markets.
Seedkeeping can create a sense of home, reconnect communities with ancestral crops and preserve biodiversity and culturally significant crops for future generations.