18 April 2014
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Preserved forest fragments increase biodiversity in farmland

  Biogeography theory is used to predict biodiversity on real islands and is now becoming increasingly applied to forest conservation when preserved fragments of forest are surrounded by intervening agricultural farmland representing a supposedly ‘uninhabitable sea’. However, in a research paper published on 16 April in Nature (doi: 10.1038/nature13139), Daily et al argue that when […]


29 March 2014
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Borlaug’s Centennial marks critical point in food security goals!

  This week’s editorial in Nature, VOL 507, p. 99-100 previews the meeting of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) in collaboration with the Association for Agricultural Research and Experimentation of the State of Sonora in Mexico which is targeted at building on Norman Borlaug’s legacy with appropriate emphasis on wheat. Wheat consumption continues […]


20 March 2014
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Micronutrients in the global spotlight

  As mentioned in the ‘The Next Green Revolution’ section of the Kemnovation web-site micronutrients have an indispensable role to play in ensuring future food and nutrition security for a growing planet. To underwrite this projection Argus this week launched the ‘Argus FMB Micronutrients Report’ which aims at increasing awareness of micronutrients, their crucial role in […]


17 March 2014
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Nitrate transporter adapts to soil availability

  The uptake of nutrients by plant roots is undertaken by a group of proteins that act as transporters from the soil into plant cells. The protein transporter for nitrate is called NRT1.1 and now in two articles in Nature, VOL. 507, p.68-77 (6 March 2014), Parker and Newstead have established that it can adapt to changing […]


17 March 2014
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Carbon capture increases with tree size

  Following on from the previous post entitled ‘Older tress store more carbon’, there is further confirmation that in older, established trees mass growth rates continue to increase with age and size. Global studies by Stephenson et al reported in Nature, VOL. 507, p. 90-94 (6 March 2014) on 403 tropical and temperate tree species […]