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

Climbing beans reach new heights in Rwanda

29 January, 2013 by (comments)

Already one of the most densely populated countries in the world, the United Nations predicts that Rwanda’s population of around 11 million people is set to nearly quadruple by the turn of the century. An Upward Spiral – the story of climbing beans in Rwanda from CIAT Colombia on Vimeo. With a pressing need to sustainably boost food productionRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Beans @en, Multimedia @en

New journal launched: Tropical Grasslands – Forrajes Tropicales

21 December, 2012 by (comments)

A new peer-reviewed, scientific journal dedicated entirely to tropical pastures and forages has just been launched as an initiative of scientists from Australia and CIAT. Tropical Grasslands – Forrajes Tropicales will be an open-access, online journal, featuring articles in English and Spanish. It will be published three times-a-year, and the submission, review and publication of articles will be free-of-charge.Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Crops @en, Latin America and the Caribbean, Tropical Forages

Punjab on fire – in pictures

12 December, 2012 by (comments)

India’s rice-wheat system feeds a lot of people – and I mean a lot. But the widespread burning of crop residues after the rice harvest is causing all manner of problems, from the release of huge quantities of greenhouse gases and toxins to declining soil fertility. The system desperately needs to become more sustainable. We covered the story hereRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Climate Change website

Culture of resistance: could friendly fungi offer a helping hand to beans and cassava?

2 November, 2012 by (comments)

Friendly fungi could be the new secret weapon for boosting the resilience of beans and cassava to pest attacks. Scientists at CIAT and the US Department of Agriculture hope to fight the seed-drilling bean weevil and dreaded, sap-sucking cassava mealybug by introducing a particular strain of fungus to live inside the crops. Fungi have long been used in organicRead More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en, Crops website

“Seek-and-destroy” protein could sound the death knell for cassava viruses

1 November, 2012 by (comments)

A new CIAT project to develop an advanced self-defence reflex for cassava could enable the crop to resist devastating attacks from some of its most damaging pathogens. If you’re a regular reader of the CIAT blog, you’ll know by now that cassava is the second–most important food crop in Africa, a staple in South America, and a vital industrialRead More …

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Filed Under: Cassava @en, Crops @en

Tortillas on the Roaster – climate change threatens one million maize and bean farmers in Central America

24 October, 2012 by (comments)

Tortillas on the Roaster, a new climate change study from CIAT, CIMMYT and Catholic Relief Services, has found that climate change is likely to cause serious problems for two of Central America’s most important staple food crops: maize and beans. According to the report, around one million smallholder farmers and their families could find themselves in the danger zone,Read More …

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Filed Under: Beans @en, Climate Change, Latin America and the Caribbean