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Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 15:02
Balanced diet can mitigate negative impact of pests for bumblebees
Balanced diet can mitigate negative impact of pests for bumblebees
Research team at Göttingen University investigates effects on reproductive success in agricultural landscapes Bumblebees are important pollinators because they pollinate many different plant species and are extremely resilient. They can still manage to fly at temperatures that are too cold for other pollinators.

Agronomy / Food Science - 16.12.2021
Using videos and farmer-to-farmer learning to make agriculture more sustainable
Using videos and farmer-to-farmer learning to make agriculture more sustainable
International research team led by Göttingen University study training methods in Ethiopia Smallholder family farms shape the agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, they are often affected by declining soil fertility as well as hunger and poverty. Farming practices that increase productivity as well as protect the soil are therefore crucial.

Agronomy / Food Science - Environment - 07.12.2021
Are we approaching peak meat consumption?
Are we approaching peak meat consumption?
Dr Diana Bogueva and colleagues from Curtin University explain whether meat consumption increases as income increases, revealing the countries that may have already reached 'peak meat'. Despite the 'peak meat' trend in some countries, meat consumption continues to increase around the world. The shift towards alternative proteins has gathered momentum in the last two years, with academic efforts to recreate the best possible texture, taste and appearance of meat, and food retailers increasingly promoting plant-sourced meat to mainstream consumers.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 29.11.2021
Eating Lots of the Fruit Hass Public Health Import
Randomized controlled trial found that families with high avocado consumption self-reported reduced caloric intake and an overall healthier diet In a novel study, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science conducted a randomized controlled trial comparing the potential health effects between families that consumed a low allotment of avocados (three per week) and families that consumed a high allotment (14 per week) over six months.

Economics / Business - Agronomy / Food Science - 24.11.2021
The livelihood ’quandairy’ of milk producers in a disrupted market
Research team from the University of Göttingen explores what guides Cameroonian milk producers' decision-making after a market disruption   When agricultural markets in the Global South are disrupted, what helps producers stay in business? In regions where work can be hard to find, educational attainment is low, and opportunities for economic diversification are often too few, it is essential to understand what helps smallholder producers maintain their livelihoods.

Agronomy / Food Science - 11.11.2021
Artificial smell to control food quality
Artificial smell to control food quality
A team led by Santiago Marco, professor at the Department of Electronic Engineering of the UB and member of IBEC, has optimised the use of a technique that analyses, at a molecular level, the present substances in the aroma of food. Therefore, it differentiates, among Iberian ham samples, those pigs that had been fed with acorn and those fed with feed.

Life Sciences - Agronomy / Food Science - 11.11.2021
AI helps design the perfect chickpea
AI helps design the perfect chickpea
A massive international research effort has led to development of a genetic model for the 'ultimate' chickpea, with the potential to lift crop yields by up to 12 per cent. The research consortium genetically mapped thousands of chickpea varieties, and the UQ team then used this information to identify the most valuable gene combinations using artificial intelligence (AI).

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 05.11.2021
Winter important for cereal yield
Winter important for cereal yield
Weather conditions outside growing season very important The weather conditions in the winter and during the transitional phases from fall to winter and winter to spring have a significant influence on the yield level of key cereal crops, such as winter barley and winter wheat. These were the findings of a research team of scientists at the Chair of Plant Nutrition at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 26.10.2021
Advancing agriculture threatens the livelihoods of forest-dependent people
Advancing agriculture threatens the livelihoods of forest-dependent people
Satellite images reveal where forest-dependent people live inside the forests of the South American Gran Chaco, and how deforestation for cattle ranching leads to an erosion of their resource base. (Background photo: Google Earth TM / Inset photo: I. Gasparri). Forest-dependent people living across the Gran Chaco have been put on the map for the first time.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 14.10.2021
Sustainable farming: There's no one solution
Sustainable farming: There’s no one solution
Sustainable agriculture will not be achieved by one universal solution. A meta-analysis by the University of Basel shows that the current focus on no-till farming does not achieve the desired results. A sustainable system of agriculture must be designed for local needs and in dialog with local farmers.

Economics / Business - Agronomy / Food Science - 11.10.2021
An efficient and low-cost approach to detecting food fraud
An efficient and low-cost approach to detecting food fraud
Fraudulent practices in food production, especially false claims of geographical origin, cause billions of dollars in economic damage every year. Botanists at the University of Basel have now developed a model that can be used to determine the origin of food in an efficient and low-cost manner. Strawberries from Switzerland or olive oil from Italy can be sold at much higher prices than the same products from other countries.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 21.09.2021
Canada’s nitrogen footprint shows regional variation
New accounting of national nitrogen emissions shows impacts of provincial wastewater treatment, agriculture, and use of fossil fuels Reactive nitrogen emissions contribute to greenhouse gases, as well as air and water pollution. For the first time, researchers from McGill University have calculated Canada's nitrogen footprint (akin to a carbon footprint) - at both national and provincial levels.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 21.09.2021
Canada’s nitrogen footprint shows great regional variation
New accounting of national nitrogen emissions shows impacts of provincial wastewater treatment, agriculture, and use of fossil fuels Reactive nitrogen emissions contribute to greenhouse gases, as well as air and water pollution. For the first time, researchers from McGill University have calculated Canada's nitrogen footprint (akin to a carbon footprint) - at both national and provincial levels.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 16.09.2021
Changing diets to tackle climate change ’unattainable’ for minority groups
Making food more affordable for ethnic minority groups is crucial to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our diets, scientists have suggested. According to a new study of food habits in the US, a healthy diet with lower environmental impacts is achievable for a large portion of the population. But it is unaffordable for up to 38% of Black and Hispanic individuals in the lowest income and education groups, twice the percentage of white individuals in the same group.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 08.09.2021
Hand pollination of crops is of major importance
Hand pollination of crops is of major importance
Research team at the Universities of Göttingen and Hohenheim analyses use in worldwide commercial cultivation Pollinators - such as bees, butterflies and birds - are essential for agricultural production. However, natural pollination can also fail or be insufficient, which can lead to lower yields and poorer quality.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 07.09.2021
Urgent need for new approach to combat global grassland degradation
Global grasslands are a source of biodiversity and provide a host of benefits to humans, including food production, water supply, and carbon storage. But their future looks bleak without action to halt their degradation and promote their restoration, according to the authors of a new paper published in the journal Nature Reviews Earth & Environment .

Agronomy / Food Science - Life Sciences - 01.09.2021
Which potatoes thrive despite insufficient phosphorus?
Göttingen University research team analyses different cultivars of tuber Phosphorus is an essential plant nutrient that is becoming increasingly scarce around the world. This means the fertiliser has to be used as efficiently as possible and any loss of nutrients due to leaching and erosion must be minimised.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 24.08.2021
Bird communities threatened by urbanization
Bird communities threatened by urbanization
Research team led by Göttingen University investigates farmland birds in an Indian megacity Urbanization is one of the most drastic forms of land-use change, and its negative consequences on biodiversity have been studied extensively in temperate countries such as Germany. However, less research has been conducted in tropical regions from the Global South, where most of the ongoing and future urbanization hotspots are located, and little is known about its effects on agricultural biodiversity and associated ecosystems.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 04.08.2021
Promoting biodiversity-friendly landscapes - beyond organic farming
Promoting biodiversity-friendly landscapes - beyond organic farming
Research team led by the University of Göttingen calls for paradigm shift Is organic farming the only alternative to conventional agriculture to promote biodiversity in agricultural landscapes? An international research team led by the University of Göttingen questions this.

Environment - Agronomy / Food Science - 30.07.2021
New Oxford University research will help optimize environmentally friendly ways of fertilising plants
New Oxford University research will help optimize environmentally friendly ways of fertilising plants
New research from the University of Oxford's Departments of Plant Sciences and Engineering, as well as collaborators at VU Amsterdam, uses both mathematical modelling and experimental validation to study the metabolic processes controlling how bacteria provide ammonia to legumes, which is vastly important for sustainable agriculture Ammonia-based fertiliser is commonly used in industrial agriculture, and since the early 20 th  C.
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