Seaweed-eating sheep of the Orkneys
Farming became established after animals adapted their diet.
Whether it’s a credit to the adaptability of early farmers or the animals they farmed remains to be determined, but n...
Add protein for faster photosynthesis
Researchers find a way to relieve a bottleneck.
Australian and British scientists say they have found a way to speed up photosynthesis in some plants, potentially bo...
Not burning a win-win for Indian farmers
Study highlights economic benefits of alternative approach.
Embracing alternative farming practices would allow some Indian farmers to make more money while also cutting their g...
Garlic on broccoli may keep pests away
The right odours can repel insects.
Strong flavours such as garlic, thyme and cinnamon are a good way to hide the flavours of vegetables you don’t like. ...
The strategy of augmentative biocontrol
Augmentative biocontrol involves some complexities.
The effectiveness of releasing natural enemies to combat crop pests depends on the landscape surrounding the field, n...
Global farming trends ‘a threat to food security’
Study finds too great a dependence on pollinators.
Industrial agriculture’s growing dependence on single, pollinator-dependent crops is jeopardising global food securit...
For food production, diversity brings strength
Research suggests when it comes to growing crops, more is more.
Higher crop diversity could have a substantial impact on stabilising national food harvests and mitigating sharp decl...
Chickpea genome clues to more robust crops
Pathways to boosting second largest legume crop.
An international research team has identified genes responsible for heat and drought tolerance in chickpeas. This fin...
Disease-resistant genes key to safeguard crops
Technique will use wild plants to bolster resistance in crops.
Corn, rice, wheat, potato, soybean: these are some of the so-called staple crops, providing the bulk of our calories....
Biochar boffins for Australian tour
Agricultural science to be the focus of presentations.
The first ever Australia New Zealand Biochar Study Tour will visit several cities across South Australia and Victoria...
Beerpocalypse shows climate change is real
Barley will be hard hit, resulting in shortages and hyper-prices.
Quenching your thirst with an icy cold beer during a heatwave is likely to become more difficult – and expensive, res...
Will our crop seeds cope with a warming world?
Molecular biology and seedbank holds key to future production.
How do you find seeds that will thrive in the climate of the future? Robert Sharwood doesn’t have a time machine, but...