And why development funders should listen to smallholder farmers
New research shows even brief hot spells can damage seed quality.
Saving seed is a way of protecting the world's vegetable varieties, saving money, and increasingly, a political statement too.
Masting is what biologists call the pattern of trees for miles around synchronizing to all produce lots of seeds – or very few. Why and how do they get on schedule?
With advancements in technology, libraries are offering much more than something to read. A library researcher offers a sampling of some unexpected items that library patrons can check out these days.
Little effort has been made to improve the quality control of the seed supply chain as a whole in Uganda.
This is the story of how seeds came together bit-by-bit over a really long time, as plants evolved.
Sharing seeds was common practice among farmers throughout history until the rise of agribusiness. Now seeds are trademarked and regulated, but there's a new place to get them for free: the library.
US farmers are planting more and more acres with seeds coated with neonicotinoid pesticides. An ecologist explains why this approach is overkill and may be doing more harm than good.
There were some African food security initiatives from 2017 that deserve a special mention for the precedent they set.
Findings from several scientific studies show the real impact of Rwanda's agricultural policies and the challenges it faces.
If you want to live on Mars, you're going to need to grow food. Seeds are naturally equipped to handle challenging Earth environments, but how well can they survive what they'll encounter off-planet?
A seed contains nearly everything a tree needs to get growing. Just add a dash of water, a bit of warmth and the right location, and you'll be seeing green in no time.
Is providing birds with food and water making them too dependent? Or are gardens just the new frontier of Australia's urban landscape? New research aims to find out.
We know very little about Australia's most threatened plants.
Since 2000, the growth of the commercial seed market has almost tripled. More than 63% of the world’s commercial seed is now owned by six corporations.
A tall grass-like plant in the Western Cape has managed to dupe dung beetles into rolling and spreading its seeds.
Carnivorous predators play an important, and until now unknown, role in preserving plant populations in the territories they inhabit.
More than 90% of Africa' small-scale famers get their seeds from informal systems. Governments and donors should shift their attention from the formal and invest more in the informal sector.
The fossilized plant Montsechia relied on water to disseminate its genetic material and may rewrite the book on when and how the first flowering plants evolved.