26 October 2015
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Bridging science gaps to Indigenous farmers

  Having just returned from Kuala Lumpur where a haze embraced the city during the entire visit, the importance of reducing environmental impact was subsequently reinforced upon reading a feature in this week’s  Nature (27 October: VOL. 526, p.477)  related to oil-palm production in South East Asia. Oil-palm production in the region is never far […]


11 October 2015
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Closing yield gaps unleashes Africa’s potential!

  Looking at the hard facts about agricultural production in Africa, past and present, makes it difficult to understand why this continent is not yet realising its true potential in providing solutions to food and nutrition security for a growing planet. A recent feature in The Economist  journal  (September 19th, 2015, p.48-49)  has drawn together […]


8 July 2015
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Low soil fertility link to rural poverty

  In a correspondence to Nature Plants by Vanlauwe et al (Article Number: 15101/DOI: 10.1038/NPLANTS.2015.101) dated 7th July 2015 entitled “Soil fertility decline at the base of rural poverty in sub-Saharan Africa”, the link between nutrient mining of soils and low productivity is outlined. In addition the authors declare that nutrient mining can be remedied […]


9 April 2015
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Soil bacteria define wine terroir

  In a recent research highlight in Nature, VOL 520, p.8, the influential role of soil bacteria on wine properties was revealed. Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois sequenced the bacterial genomes of both soils and grapevines from five Merlot vineyards in Long Island, New York. They discovered that the bacterial communities on various […]


22 March 2015
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International Fertiliser Society awards Amit Roy of IFDC

  The International Fertiliser Society (IFS) will hold its Annual Technical Meeting and AGM  at the Royal Geological Society in London on the 23rd and 24th July. As a renowned learned society it focuses upon advances in the global production and application of fertilisers with the emphasis in this meeting being on nitrogen (N) and […]