The environmental effects of agriculture and food are hotly debated.
Despite reductions, pollution in growing regions persists, pointing to mitigation opportunities.
Growing fruit and vegetables in just 10 per cent of a city’s gardens and other urban green spaces could provide 15 per cent of the local population with their ‘five a day’, according to new research.
In Senegal, groundnut and maize are commonly contaminated with highly toxic, cancer-causing chemicals called aflatoxins, which are produced by fungi in the genus Aspergillus when they infect crops.
The report assesses that, by the end of January 2020, the impact of the desert locust on cereal production in Horn of Africa and South-Asia is limited.
Like many industries, big data is driving innovations in agriculture.
Some 500 million years ago – when our continents were connected in a single land mass and most life existed underwater – hornworts (Anthoceros) were one of the first groups of plants to colonize land.
Just like humans and other animals, plants have hormones.
Results will help growers predict future beet leafhopper abundance based on fall precipitation and make informed decisions about weed management and ultimately improve crop yields.
Development of a rugged continuous electronic monitoring device to detect soil fertility in farm fields could be a boon to agriculture in the United States and the United Kingdom (UK).
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