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The battle for the future of farming: What you need to know

BY MICHEL PIMBERT Professor and Director, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University & RATANA CHUENPAGDEE Senior Research Fellow, Coventry University IT is widely agreed that today’s global agriculture system is a social...

Small changes in oxygen levels implicate ocean life

OCEANOGRAPHERS at the University of Rhode Island have found that even slight levels of ocean oxygen loss, or deoxygenation, have big consequences for tiny marine organisms called zooplankton. Zooplankton are...

Scientists invent new sustainable biopolymer technology

A NEW Tel Aviv University study describes a process to make bioplastic polymers that don’t require land or fresh water —resources that are scarce in much of the world....

GM houseplant to keep home’s air clean

WE like to keep the air in our homes as clean as possible, and sometimes we use HEPA air filters to keep offending allergens and dust particles at...

Melting ice sheets release tonnes of methane into the atmosphere, study

THE Greenland Ice Sheet emits tonnes of methane according to a new study, showing that subglacial biological activity impacts the atmosphere far more than previously thought. An international team of...

Medical scanner unlocks the mysteries of a giant prehistoric marine reptile

A NEARLY metre-long skull of a giant fossil marine ichthyosaur found in a farmer’s field more than 60 years ago has been studied for the first time. Using cutting-edge...

Why are some snakes deadlier than others?

AN international collaboration led by scientists from the National University of Ireland, Galway, The University of St Andrews, Trinity College Dublin and the Zoological Society of London has uncovered why...

Genome of the small hive beetle sequenced

BEEKEEPERS and researchers will welcome the unveiling of the small hive beetle’s genome by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their colleagues. The small hive beetle (SHB) is a major...

Report: GMOs, gene editing can help feed the world

A NEW REPORT, Creating a Sustainable Food Future, published by the World Resources Institute (WRI) suggests ways of feeding the planet’s almost 10 billion people by 2050 when food demand is...

Japan may allow genome-edited food sale

JAPAN’S MINISTRY OF HEALTH Labour, and Welfare Expert Committee announced their proposal to allow most of the genome-edited currently under development to be marketed without safety screening by the state. It...

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