Agriculture

Global grain production at record high despite extreme climatic events

Maize Plantation-riseGlobal grain production is expected to reach a record high of 2.4bn tonnes in 2012, an increase of one per cent from 2011 levels, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet project

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Thai smallholders show support for sustainable palm oil production

Palm oil-INdonesiaA group of independent smallholders from Thailand are leading the way in sustainable palm oil production by becoming the first in the world to sign up to the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

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Underground solution to starving rice plants

Rice gene-IRRIScientists have pinpointed a gene that enables rice plants to produce around 20 per cent more grain by increasing uptake of phosphorus, an important, but limited, plant nutrient

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New monitoring system to track wheat fungus in 27 countries

Stem rustWheat experts have reported a breakthrough in their ability to track the crop fungus Ug99 and related strains of mutating wheat pathogen ‘stem rust’ that threatens wheat fields from East Africa to South Asia

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Small-scale irrigation schemes' fillip to food security

Farmers-asiaAs food prices escalate globally, a new study finds that small-scale irrigation schemes can protect millions of farmers from food insecurity and climate risks in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

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