CIAT-inspired Mekong study highlights climate concerns

20 March, 2014 by (comments)

The Mekong River’s vast basin ecosystem snakes from the Tibetan plateau through Myanmar into the Lower Mekong Basin in Laos and Thailand. It filters into the Mekong Delta in the southern tip of Cambodia and Vietnam, finally emptying out into the South China Sea. Along the way, it supports 80 percent of communities living in it – an estimatedRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Climate Change, Climate Change website

Why soil facts are key to cassava production in Southeast Asia

1 November, 2013 by (comments)

By Tin Maung Aye, Keith Fahrney, Adrian Bolliger and Rod Lefroy This post originally appeared on the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) blog as part of a month-long focus on Restoring soils and landscapes. Rumour has it that planting cassava is inherently bad for the soil. The crop is capable of widespread soil erosion, damagingRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Soils, Soils website

Newly-discovered rice gene goes to the root of drought resistance

6 August, 2013 by (comments)

Crop Scientists have discovered a gene in rice that could significantly improve its resistance to drought, according to new research. The DEEPER ROOTING 1 (DRO1) gene makes the roots of rice plants grow downwards instead of outwards, enabling them to reach water held deeper in the soil. It means that even under conditions of extreme water stress, the plantsRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Crops @en, Crops website, Rice @en

Going gourmet in Vietnam’s uplands

1 August, 2013 by (comments)

Hoa Bui sits crossed-legged, pouring green tea into small china cups with a thoughtful look on her face. An ethnic minority farmer in Vietnam’s upland northwestern district of Tan Lac in Hoa Binh Province, her stilted house is nestled in remote green sloping fields. She’s mulling over whether to grow chayote again this year – the leafy vegetable envelopingRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Crops @en, Regions, Soils

“Game changing technologies” needed to fight cassava diseases

9 June, 2013 by (comments)

Alarming outbreaks of two devastating cassava diseases in Africa have prompted an alliance of experts to make an unprecedented international commitment to tackle them. Members of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) announced plans for the sweeping set of measures to impede the spread of the flesh-eating cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) and cassava mosaic diseaseRead More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Asia @en, Cassava @en, Crop diversity, Crops website, Latin America and the Caribbean

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

All you need to know about Cassava… but were too afraid to ask

2 August, 2012 by (comments)

Handbook passes the baton of cassava knowledge to a new generation of researchers That’s right: everything you need to know about cassava, in a single book. But that should in no way belittle this 800-page tome. The Cassava Handbook is an in-depth, exhaustive – but by no means exhausting – compendium of nearly four decades of CIAT research intoRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en