Study on human diets whets the appetite of global media

17 March, 2014 by (comments)

A new study about the increasing homogeneity of global food supplies has produced, well, a gut reaction in mass media around the world. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) by scientists with CIAT, the Global Crop Diversity Trust, and several university partners. They report that, over the pastRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Crop diversity

Globalized diet: More food, less diversity, more associated risks

3 March, 2014 by (comments)

As experts have been suspecting for a while, and as many of us have certainly noticed, people’s diets around the world have become very similar. So much so that in the past 50 years the whole world has come to rely increasingly on just a few crops for most of its food supplies – including old favorites such asRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Beans @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Press Releases, Rice @en

“Grassroots action” to curb global climate change

16 September, 2013 by (comments)

New scientific evidence demonstrates that a potent chemical mechanism operating in the roots of a tropical grass used for livestock feed has enormous potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Referred to as “biological nitrification inhibition” or BNI, the mechanism markedly reduces the conversion of nitrogen applied to soil as fertilizer into nitrous oxide, according to papers prepared by CIATRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Tropical Forages

Steadying the aim for crop breeders using target population environments

30 August, 2013 by (comments)

At times crop breeding can feel like steering a rudderless ship. There’s no such thing as a compass for climate change, for starters, and it’s hard to say whether crop varieties currently in development will still be adequate for conditions on the ground 10 years from now. So what do breeders have to aim at, exactly? For most cropRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crop diversity

Newly-discovered rice gene goes to the root of drought resistance

6 August, 2013 by (comments)

Crop Scientists have discovered a gene in rice that could significantly improve its resistance to drought, according to new research. The DEEPER ROOTING 1 (DRO1) gene makes the roots of rice plants grow downwards instead of outwards, enabling them to reach water held deeper in the soil. It means that even under conditions of extreme water stress, the plantsRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Crops @en, Crops website, Rice @en

Minding the gaps: scientists hail major advance in adapting food crops to climate change

31 July, 2013 by (comments)

Global efforts to adapt staple foods like rice, wheat and potato to climate change have been given a major boost as new research reveals the details and whereabouts of their “wild relatives” – their undomesticated distant cousins that could contain secrets to making food crops more productive and resilient. Some of these wild and weedy species have evolved toRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website, Crop diversity, Latin America and the Caribbean

“Game changing technologies” needed to fight cassava diseases

9 June, 2013 by (comments)

Alarming outbreaks of two devastating cassava diseases in Africa have prompted an alliance of experts to make an unprecedented international commitment to tackle them. Members of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) announced plans for the sweeping set of measures to impede the spread of the flesh-eating cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) and cassava mosaic diseaseRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crop diversity, Crops website, Latin America and the Caribbean