Category Archives: Environment

Science’s article: Sustainable Intensification in Agriculture: Premises and Policies

Science 5 July 2013: Vol. 341 no. 6141 pp. 33-34 DOI: 10.1126/science.1234485 Policy Forum Sustainable Intensification in Agriculture: Premises and Policies      T. Garnett1 et al.  Summary Food security is high on the global policy agenda. Demand for food is … Continue reading

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Climate change and the conservation of plant genetic resources: new research paper by Bioversity staff

Over the next decades, agricultural production practices will change significantly and become more sustainable while they also respond to the need to contribute to reducing malnutrition and hunger and meeting the challenges of climate change. The enhanced use of agricultural … Continue reading

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Nature review: Emerging fungal threats to animal, plant and ecosystem health

Nature | Review Emerging fungal threats to animal, plant and ecosystem health Matthew C. Fisher,1 Daniel. A. Henk,1 Cheryl J. Briggs,2 John S. Brownstein,3 Lawrence C. Madoff,4 Sarah L. McCraw5 & Sarah J. Gurr5 Nature, Volume: 484, Pages: 186–194, Date … Continue reading

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New Agriculturist: new article on Ecosystem services in support of a greener revolution in Africa

Ecosystem services in support of a greener revolution in Africa Written by: SS Snapp, MJ Blackie, and GY Kanyama-Phiri http://www.new-ag.info/en/research/innovationItem.php?a=2356

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Agriculture & food policies have a vital role in improving health and well-being

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has recently published an interesting report titled “Bringing Agriculture to the Table: How Agriculture and Food Policy can Play a Role in Preventing Chronic Disease ” (PDF – 2.52MB) The report is principally concerned … Continue reading

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New article from Nature: High plant diversity is needed to maintain ecosystem services

Nature | Letter doi:10.1038/nature10282 Published online: 10 August 2011 High plant diversity is needed to maintain ecosystem services Forest Isbell,1 Vincent Calcagno,1 Andy Hector,2 John Connolly,3 W. Stanley Harpole,4 Peter B. Reich,5, 6 Michael Scherer-Lorenzen,7 Bernhard Schmid,2 David Tilman,8 Jasper … Continue reading

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Food and farming in the future

In the last few months a lot of attention has been focused on how agriculture and farming will manage and adapt to such issues as growing population, climatic change and land use in the next decades.  Some of the research … Continue reading

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