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 ...
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...