Mi cassava es tu cassava

30 September, 2015 by (comments)

New research shows just how much different regions of the world rely on each other for the foods they know and love – and why it’s time to share This world is really messed up. Especially when it comes to food – and specifically the plants we eat. Take for example, a hearty British roast dinner. With close competitionRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crop diversity

“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

Livestock on the Plus Side for a Change

18 June, 2012 by (comments)

While many experts believe that livestock belong decidedly on the minus side of any environmental equation – given, for example, the role of expanding cattle production as a driver of deforestation in the Amazon – a group of experts in animal feeding argued today for a major revision of conventional calculations about the size of livestock’s ecological “hoofprint.” GatheredRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crops @en, Inside CIAT, Tropical Forages

China smog a smokescreen to temperature rise

5 July, 2011 by (comments)

China’s coal burning frenzy in the last decade may be the reason behind stagnating global temperature rises between 1998 and 2008, a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests. While increasing carbon emissions, burning coal can have an overall cooling effect with the release of aerosols into the atmosphere, which reflect heat back intoRead More …

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CIAT takes the lead with peer-reviewed video first

22 June, 2011 by (comments)

A team of entomologists at CIAT is the first in the CGIAR to publish in the world’s only peer-reviewed video journal. Dr. Soroush Parsa and his team produced a 10-minute video demonstrating the procedures for assessing spittlebug resistance in brachiaria grasses for the online publisher JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments. Established in 2006, JoVE has published over 1,200Read More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Multimedia @en, Regions

World on the brink of runaway climate change: experts

31 May, 2011 by (comments)

Global carbon emissions have reached an all time high according to new research published this week. The US Earth Systems Research Lab in Hawaii declared that carbon levels in the atmosphere peaked last week at 394.97ppm. There is broad consensus among climate scientists that levels should be kept under 400ppm in order to prevent temperature rises of more thanRead More …

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Reducing GHG emissions through livestock feed: study

30 March, 2011 by (comments)

A new study from the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has shown that feeding cattle and sheep increased quantities of maize silage, high-sugar grasses, and hull-less oats can reduce their methane production by a third, in proportion to milk and meat production. Methane released by livestock comprises about 43% of the UK’s methane emissions thereforeRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change