CIAT and USDA forging new links

18 February, 2011 by (comments)

Dr Jonathan Lundgren, research entomologist with the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA-ARS), is visiting CIAT for the next three months to develop collaborations between USDA and CIAT. Here he talks about the background and objectives of his visit. Over the years, CGIAR and USDA-ARS have collaborated on several research projects. In June 2010,Read More …

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Algae and agave, partners in the plight for clean fuel

18 February, 2011 by (comments)

Two new novel forms of producing biofuel may prove helpful on the road to reducing carbon emissions and adapting to climate change. Scientists at the Rochester Institute of Technology have produced biodiesel out of algae grown in wastewater. Algae reduce the bacteria and toxins in the water therefore have a two-fold benefit: the cheap, fast production of renewable energyRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

New studies strengthen case for man-made climate change

17 February, 2011 by (comments)

New climate modeling research shows that an increase in greenhouse gas emissions has a direct link to a changing climate, Nature reports. In two studies released by British scientists, computer climate simulation found that the biggest differential in rising precipitation is not natural variability in the atmosphere but rather greenhouse gases released by humans. In particular, this suggests links betweenRead More …

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Plants show adaptability to climate change

17 February, 2011 by (comments)

Increased carbon dioxide levels can affect some plants’ defense mechanisms against preying insects, a recent study from the University of Michigan has found. In an evaluation of chemical and physical changes of milkweed plants in response to elevated levels of carbon dioxide, some plant families increased their production of toxic compounds used to deter hungry insects. In plants whose toxin levelsRead More …

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Eco-efficiency preserves soil life, CIAT study confirms

16 February, 2011 by (comments)

New research from CIAT and the University of Western Australia has found that through the Quesungual Slash and Mulch Agroforestry System (QSMAS), soil health is maintained through the presence of soil-dwelling organisms. QSMAS is an eco-efficient farming system developed as an alternative to slash and burn agriculture. It involves a combination of post-harvest mulching, no tillage, and efficient fertilizers-useRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

World Bank to invest billions more in agriculture

16 February, 2011 by (comments)

The World Bank has pledged to invest billions more in agriculture in response to new statistics that show the recent food price hikes are driving millions of people into extreme poverty. The World Bank will increase spending from US$4.1 billion to US$6-8 billion per year, supporting country-led agriculture and food security plans, investments in smallholder farmers, and the advocacyRead More …

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Oil company sued $8.6bn for Amazon pollution

15 February, 2011 by (comments)

An Ecuadorian court has found Chevron guilty of massive contamination in the Amazon, fining them US$8.6 billion for damages to agriculture and human health, the BBC reports today. Thirty thousand Ecuadorians filed the lawsuit against the oil giant, claiming that the dumping of billions of gallons of toxic waste into unlined pits and rivers between 1972 and 1992 damagedRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions