Fighting Asia’s alien invasions

4 June, 2015 by (comments)

Our global resource base is fragile. As demand for food, animal feed and fuel is on the rise, together with growing global populations, farmers need to produce more food on less land. The earth is struggling to keep up, as soil fertility and environmental health are degrading. Our environment can fight for itself. For thousands of years, complex ecosystems have evolved,Read More …

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CIAT scientists publish second peer-reviewed video

11 April, 2013 by (comments)

CIAT has just published its latest peer-reviewed video in The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE). The team, led by entomologist Soroush Parsa, filmed a protocol for evaluating whether friendly fungi can be introduced into plants to boost their resistance to pest attacks. The work is part of a proof-of-concept project funded by a Grand challenges Explorations grant from theRead More …

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Ants recruited to defend African farmers’ livelihoods

28 January, 2011 by (comments)

Ants could save fruit and nut farmers in Africa millions of dollars, and help them gain access to lucrative organic food markets. The African weaver ant is a highly effective predator of fruit flies and other fruit-hungry insects, that routinely destroy fruit crops. While the use of these ants as a form of biological control is not new –Read More …

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