Grain legumes come out of the shadows with major research programme

12 February, 2013 by (comments)

A new multi-million dollar research programme aims to improve the livelihoods of up to 1 billion people by boosting the productivity of some of the most important – but long-neglected – smallholder food crops. Grain Legumes – one of the 16 multi-partner CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) – will develop new varieties of chickpea, common bean, groundnut, lentil, soybean, pigeonRead More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Crops @en

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

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