Fungus boosts food production

26 May, 2011 by (comments)

New research shows that using fungus instead of fertilizer to provide phosphate to plants can cut fertilizer quantities by more than half and help feed the world, Seed Daily reports. Studies conducted by the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, have shown that the application of mycorrhizal fungi to plants helps them acquire phosphate from the soil and stimulates their growth.Read More …


Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

Kenyan tea and climate change: trouble brewing

26 May, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT climate predictions redraw the map of one of the country’s most important cash crops. Thousands of smallholder farmers in Kenya could be forced to abandon tea production if new climate predictions for the country come true. New CIAT research shows that many current tea producing areas in the country face “serious” challenges in the coming years, and willRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Climate Change, Regions