Agriculture

  • Advancing sustainable agriculture with legumes

    Broad study shows benefits of rotating standard crops with beans and lentils.

    Legumes are a win-win for food security and the environment – two major problems facing the planet. Packed with prote...

    Agriculture April 14, 2021
  • Animal poo may make food safer

    Despite concerns that animal manure can spread dangerous pathogens, a new study suggests organic ...

    A new study suggests that animal manure (poo) may be a safer bet than conventional fertilisers in protecting the publ...

    Agriculture April 7, 2021
  • Pesticides put two-thirds of agricultural land at risk

    Australia at high risk of pesticide pollution.

    Pollutants from agrochemicals and pesticides can disrupt the ecosystem and risk harming human health, despite greatly...

    Agriculture March 30, 2021
  • Animal ‘relax’ gene helps plants save water

    Pores stay closed to prevent water loss during drought.

    In order to save water, plants might be able to use an animal relaxing gene. A team of Australian and German resea...

    Agriculture March 29, 2021
  • Less carbon = greater food cost?

    Relying on carbon dioxide removal in agriculture will drive up the cost of produce.

    A Swiss study has found that using carbon dioxide removal alone to mitigate agricultural emissions is likely to incre...

    Agriculture March 18, 2021
  • Seaweed stops cattle burps

    A small amount of seaweed could get rid of a lot of agricultural emissions.

    Livestock are responsible for around 15% of annual greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. A large part of that is methan...

    Agriculture March 18, 2021
  • Wangarĩ Maathai grows a movement

    Kenyan scientist and Nobel Prize winner fought for a better environment for African women.

    In 1977, more than 40 years before United States Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York unveiled the Gre...

    Agriculture March 8, 2021
  • 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 ...

    Agriculture February 22, 2021
  • Cadmium overload

    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...

    Agriculture February 17, 2021
  • 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...

    Agriculture February 11, 2021
  • Video

    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 ...

    Agriculture February 4, 2021
  • Anthropocene: 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 ...

    Agriculture January 19, 2021
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