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The University of California, Davis, will lead a new global research program to build and test ways to overcome some of the biggest remaining challenges for lifting and keeping rural families out of poverty in developing countries. 


Nigeria is expected to be the third most populous country in the world by the end of the century, according to the UN. Over 50 million urban Nigerian dwellers demand more information about food, reflecting the need for more transparency. Globally, over 420,000 people die and some 600 million people – almost one in ten – fall ill after eating contaminated food.


Western Sydney University's expertise in water management is providing an efficient tool for monitoring scarce groundwater reserves as large parts of India bake in extreme drought and heat. The MyWell smartphone app is enabling Indian farmers to monitor and manage scarce groundwater in a distributed and localized way to monitor water levels in wells that supply drinking and irrigation wate


Scientists have made a key discovery about the process of plant photosynthesis, which could lead to an increase in crop production. The findings, published in Communications Biology, showed how scientists relieved the bottleneck in the process by which plants transform sunlight into food. To do so, they produced more than a certain protein, Rieske FeS, in plants.


The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, finds that if less than 1 percent of agricultural land was converted to solar panels, it would be sufficient to fulfill global electric energy demand. The concept of co-developing the same area of land for both solar photovoltaic power and conventional agriculture is known as agrivoltaics.

ETH Zurich

Everyone’s talking about CRISPR-Cas. This biotechnological method offers a relatively quick and easy way to manipulate single genes in cells, meaning they can be precisely deleted, replaced or modified. Furthermore, in recent years, researchers have also been using technologies based on CRISPR-Cas to systematically increase or decrease the activity of individual genes.