Climate Change: new study opens can of worms for ecologists

5 February, 2013 by (comments)

We often hear about livestock being a major cause of greenhouse gas emissions – picture them, formidable herds of flatulent quadrupeds munching their way – figuratively speaking – through millions of hectares of rainforest. But it seems we need to look below the surface, literally, to find another climate change culprit: earthworms. That’s because a new study just publishedRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Soils, Soils website

Quesungual – remember the name, and not just for Scrabble

10 December, 2012 by (comments)

When Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras in 1998, torrential downpours triggered landslides that wiped out huge areas of crops. This compounded a shockwave of malnutrition spreading across the country caused by an intense El Niño-driven drought the year before. But some farmers suffered only minor losses or none at all: they were practicing Quesungual (“Ke-sun-gwal”). If Quesungual sounds like someRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean, Soils, Soils website

Voice of America reveals the secrets of CIAT “supergrass”

2 November, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT scientists feature in a new documentary about the environmental benefits of brachiaria, produced by US broadcaster Voice of America. Brachiaria – a nutritious forage grass – can drastically reduce the environmental impact of livestock production by inhibiting nitrification, the process by which soil nitrogen is converted into the potent greenhouse gas nitrous oxide. Continued research into brachiaria couldRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions, Tropical Forages