CIAT and USDA forging new links

18 February, 2011 by (comments)

Dr Jonathan Lundgren, research entomologist with the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA-ARS), is visiting CIAT for the next three months to develop collaborations between USDA and CIAT. Here he talks about the background and objectives of his visit. Over the years, CGIAR and USDA-ARS have collaborated on several research projects. In June 2010,Read More …

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Plants show adaptability to climate change

17 February, 2011 by (comments)

Increased carbon dioxide levels can affect some plants’ defense mechanisms against preying insects, a recent study from the University of Michigan has found. In an evaluation of chemical and physical changes of milkweed plants in response to elevated levels of carbon dioxide, some plant families increased their production of toxic compounds used to deter hungry insects. In plants whose toxin levelsRead More …

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