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New soil-free farms reduce land and water pressure

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The Waseda University in Japan has developed an alternative technology which allows farmers to grow crops without soil. Not only does this offer the potential to reduce land use pressure (by negating the need for nutrient-rich soil), it also offers … Continue reading

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Cassava – crop of the future?

Cassava is being hailed as the crop of the future for African farmers trying to deal with the impacts of a changing climate. A recent study from the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture reported that cassava appears to thrive in … Continue reading

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Can we turn seaweed into fuel?

Biofuel production is plagued by two main issues. The first is a conflict with food crops for the production of biofuel feedstocks consisting primarily of simple sugars. By using crops for energy, we may reduce the amount available for food. … Continue reading

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Combating crop floods

Researchers in the UK and US have recently identified the mechanism that helps plants survive floods, a discovery that may lead to development of flood-tolerant crops. The work has uncovered how plants sense low oxygen levels during flood events. Under … Continue reading

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