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How wheat can root out the take-all fungus
June 04, 2018
In the soils of the world's cereal fields, a family tussle between related species of fungi is underway for control of the crops' roots, with food security on the line.

Costa Rica coffee farmers brew up a carbon neutral future
June 04, 2018
Carbon neutral produce has become the buzz term in the Central American nation of 5 million people as countries look to slash greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture while feeding growing populations.

How local communities can transition to sustainable energy systems
June 04, 2018
What makes for a successful transition to a low-carbon energy system? Local involvement, perceived fairness and information sharing, according to new research.

A hidden world of communication, chemical warfare, beneath the soil
June 04, 2018
New research shows how some of these harmful microbes have to contend not just with a farmer's chemical attacks, but also with their microscopic neighbors -- and themselves turn to chemical warfare to ward off threats.

How More Carbon Dioxide Can Make Food Less Nutritious
June 04, 2018
Carbon dioxide helps plants grow. But a new study shows that rice grown in higher levels of carbon dioxide has lower amounts of several important nutrients.

Canadians divided on GMO safety but most support labeling, survey finds
June 04, 2018
A survey of consumer attitudes finds that the majority of Canadians believe that genetically modified (GM) food is thoroughly tested before it reaches consumers, but still support labeling.

‘The familiarity factor’: Consumers want recognisable protein sources
June 04, 2018
As consumer interest in protein continues to grow food makers are working to differentiate themselves based on protein source. But, new research suggests, consumers are most accepting of proteins that are recognisable and familiar.

Can blockchain build a sustainable food industry?
June 04, 2018
Blockchain is taking off, with a growing number of food companies and retailers experimenting with this new technology. Consultancy Ecovia Intelligence sees blockchain bringing many sustainability benefits to the food industry.

European studies disprove Seralini’s GMO maize tumor claims
June 10, 2018
Three European studies have disproved Gilles-Éric Séralini’s widely circulated claims that genetically modified maize (corn) induces tumors in rats.

The smart ways grocers are tackling food waste
June 10, 2018
The reality is that every year, at least one third of all food produced globally is wasted or lost along supply chains.

Pigs that Digest Grains Better can Reduce Pork's Carbon Footprint
June 10, 2018
A large amount of feed for pigs is wasted as they are unable to digest two of its key nutrients: nitrogen and phosphorus. Transgenic pigs with the ability to digest more nutrients could help reduce the industry's environmental impact.

A New Farming Technique Using Drastically Less Water Is Catching On
June 10, 2018
Reports from China, India, Southeast Asia and Africa suggest that average yield increases of 20 to 50 percent are regularly being achieved by farmers adopting the “system of rice intensification” (SRI).

Alternative uses for marginal cropland
June 10, 2018
If pockets of less productive land are a sink of resources, there may be potential to utilize them in other ways. Being able to identify these marginal agricultural lands may be easy, but determining if there are alternative uses is complex.

Biosecurity reduces invasions of plant pathogens over a national border
June 10, 2018
A new study examines more than a century of fungal pathogens, finding well-aimed biosecurity measures cut the spread of unwanted fungi into a nation, even in the face of increased globalized trade.

Scientists boost crop production by 47 percent by speeding up photorespiration
June 10, 2018
Increasing production of a common, naturally occurring protein in plant leaves could boost the yields of major food crops by almost 50 percent, according to a new study.

Why do most farmers buy seeds instead of saving and replanting them?
June 10, 2018
Producing good quality seed that grows “true-to-type”—in other words, it produces exactly the crop that’s advertised—is a highly specialized skill. That’s why we have seed farmers.

Diet (not genes) decides fat taste sensitivity
June 10, 2018
People on a high fat diet lose the ability to sense or taste fat in the food they eat, researchers have found.

Does the gut-brain axis hold the secret to longevity? New study sheds more light
June 10, 2018
Fruit flies consuming a combination of a probiotic and Ayurvedic herbal ingredient lived 26 days longer than those that didn’t, researchers from McGill University reported.

Research reveals how the same foods create markedly different environmental impacts
June 10, 2018
New research highlights the environmental impacts of thousands of food producers and their products, demonstrating the need for new technology to monitor agriculture and environmental labels on food products.

Innovations in packaging
June 18, 2018
Active and intelligent packaging is a sector that continues to grow on a global basis.

‘Sexy plants’ on track to replace harmful pesticides to protect crops
June 18, 2018
Researchers are genetically engineering plants to produce the sex pheromones of insects, which then frustrate the pests’ attempts to mate

Best-before labels major cause of food waste: Study
June 18, 2018
Research suggests consumers believe food past the date on the package is spoiled

The price of alternative protein: Tech developments and funding boom propelling the sector
June 18, 2018
Technological advances and billions of dollars of investment from private equity and food MNCs are propelling the alternative protein sector, but consumers may need some persuading to jump from meat to lab-grown products.

How land under solar panels can contribute to food security
June 18, 2018
Beneath some solar arrays, pollinator-friendly plants, fruits, vegetables and forage are cropping up in place of turfgrass or gravel.

Coffee helps teams work together
June 18, 2018
Two studies found that people gave more positive reviews if they drank caffeinated coffee beforehand, and that people talked more in a group setting under the influence of caffeine -- but they also were more on-topic than those drinking decaf.

Organic insect deterrent for agriculture
June 18, 2018
Traditional insecticides endanger bees and other beneficial insects, as well as affecting biodiversity in soils and water systems. A team has now developed an alternative: A biodegradable agent that keeps pests at bay without poisoning them.

Turning Air Into Gasoline
June 18, 2018
A Harvard professor says his process should be able to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, at industrial scales, by 2021.

Predicted environmental changes could significantly reduce global production of vegetables
June 18, 2018
The global production of vegetables and legumes, which are an important part of healthy diets, could be significantly reduced through predicted future changes to the environment, according to new research.

Farmers increasingly relying on agricultural contractors
June 18, 2018
A new study has found agriculture is kept operational through family, permanent-hired, outsourced and seasonal labour.