Root problem in compact soil
Plants growing in tough soil respond to hormones, not barriers.
When soil is tough and compact enough to make using a shovel difficult, roots are going to have trouble too, but not ...
Soil changes mean more toxins in food.
Not everything in soil is good, and some trace elements – like cadmium – can be picked up by plants and transferred t...
Cosmos Briefing: The Future of Food
Experts discuss maintaining food security in the future.
Australia will need to focus on both gene technology and traditional agricultural techniques to secure our food produ...
Spotlight on photosynthesis
Sunny plant sustenance key to food security.
With the world population estimated to reach 10 billion by 2050, food production is a major challenge in keeping the ...
Lessons from the past
Could Indigenous wisdom help us create a “good Anthropocene”?
The Anthropocene marks relentless and increasingly grave environmental degradation as the Earth faces tipping points ...
Wheat and barley are incredibly diverse
Scientists begin building an encyclopedia of their genes.
The grains we use for bread and beer have thousands of years of history. Now, researchers are one step closer to unde...
Wine with a touch of Eucalyptus?
The science of Indigenous Australian fermentation.
Australian wine scientists are exploring the traditional practices Aboriginal people used to produce fermented bevera...
Natural pest control is saving billions
Researchers assess the impact in Asia and the Pacific.
Biological control, where natural enemies keep insect pests at bay, is saving farmers in Asia and the Pacific billion...
Cosmos Q&A: Threat to our soils
Scientists highlight damaging impact of bushfires.
The Australian Academy of Science this week called for greater attention to be paid to the significant damage bushfir...
The twin values of an indigenous seed bank
Providing food security and preserving culture.
In the central highlands of Guatemala, Rosalia Asig Cho ushers a small group of visitors into a one-room building, fi...
Watching rice grow from up high
Radio sensors provide a very different view.
Rice paddies can be picturesque, but rarely this colourful. This view of rice-growing areas of the Mekong Delta in...
Clever farming in changing times
The secrets to maintaining meat and dairy production.
When he was working as a veterinarian with sheep, goats and dairy cattle in India in the heat of summer, Dr Surinder ...