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Impact of climate change on food production - modelling study predicts over 500,000 extra deaths in 2050

Climate change could kill more than 500000 adults in 2050 worldwide due to changes in diets and bodyweight from reduced crop productivity, according to new estimates published in The Lancet. The research is the strongest evidence yet that climate change could have damaging consequences for food production and health worldwide. The modelling study, led by Dr Marco Springmann from the...
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Do you have a game-changing innovation for African agriculture?

The Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) Africa will assemble the world's largest collection of sustainable agriculture innovations dedicated to improving agricultural productivity in Africa, on 1-2 December 2015 in Durban, South Africa. They are looking for speakers from all disciplines including private companies, entrepreneurs, NGOs, not-for-profits, universities and...
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Satellites for Food - Upcoming Competition

Innovate UK is scoping a new funding competition about the use of satellite and space technology in the production and distribution of food and it welcomes inputs from the relevant communities on the scope and details of the competition. If you would like to contribute to this scoping task, please read the information below and opportunities for your input at the end of this article. ...
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Engineering innovation for agricultural water management in a changing climate, 20 May 2015, Newcastle

IAgrE Landwards Conference 2015 Too Much or Too Little Water? Engineering innovation for agricultural water management in a changing climate Wednesday 20 th  May 2015, Great North Museum, Newcastle Last chance to book a place at this very topical and relevant conference. This year’s Institution of Agricultural Engineers’ (IAgriE)  Conference will discuss...
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Study finds that many renewable resources have already reached their limits

Can the world continue expanding its use of renewable resources at an increasing rate? Most likely not. Using a data set of over 25 resources researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Yale University and Michigan State University demonstrate that several key resources have recently passed, at around the same time, their "peak-rate year" -- the maximum increase...
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Smart farming technique to boost yields and cut fertiliser pollution

Researchers at Lancaster Univerisity are using X-rays to help farmers increase yields and cut water pollution following an unexpected discovery in a pea and bean crop. Plant and soil scientists hope to combine two new technologies to provide a rapid "same day" measurement of soil phosphorus availability, enabling farmers and growers to make more informed decisions about fertiliser...
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Mother plants teach seeds about seasons and give them a thicker coat when it’s cold

New research by Dr Steve Penfield from the John Innes Centre has found that 'mother' plants remember the seasons and use this memory to teach their seeds the time of year and tell them when they should germinate. In his study of  Arabidopsis thaliana , a common weed often used as a model for plant research, Dr Penfield found that the mother plant plays an important role in sensing...
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Rising temperatures predicted to lower wheat yields

An international consortium of researchers has used big data sets to predict the effects of climate change on global wheat yields. Their multi-model predictions indicated global wheat production losses of 6% for each degree centigrade of global warming with increased variability of yield across regions and seasons. The study has been published in Nature Climate Change. The...
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BBSRC invites comments on its Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture Report

Earlier this year, BBSRC's Food Security Strategy Advisory Panel established a broadly-based, time-limited group to advise on the Council's role (potentially with others) in relation to the sustainable intensification (SI) of agriculture. The role of the working group was to consider how BBSRC could best contribute to supporting research or related activities (infrastructure, training...
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Boosting global corn yields depends on improving nutrient balance

Ensuring that corn absorbs the right balance of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium is crucial to increasing global yields, a Purdue and Kansas State University study finds. A review of data from more than 150 studies from the U.S. and other regions showed that high yields were linked to production systems in which corn plants took up key nutrients at specific ratios - nitrogen and...
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The road to sustainable tuna aquaculture

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna is a much sought after delicacy. Due to huge fishing pressure, tuna stocks have decreased dramatically. There are now signs of recovery, according to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, but the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) still lists the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna as endangered. So far, farming of...
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New international partnership aims to unlock wheat’s potential

A new international partnership aims to increase wheat yields by 50 percent by 2034. This will address demand for wheat – one of the world's most important crops – that is growing much faster than production. The new International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) brings together research funders, international aid agencies, foundations, companies and major wheat research...
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Spread of a standard globalized diet is heightening risk of food crises due to climate change

A comprehensive new study of global food supplies confirms and  thoroughly documents for the first time what experts have long suspected: Over the last five decades,  human diets around the world have grown ever more similar—by a global average of 36%—and the trend  shows no signs of slowing, with major consequences for human nutrition and global food security.  ...
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Why we need to put the fish back into fisheries

Overfishing has reduced fish populations and biodiversity across much of the world's oceans. In response, fisheries are increasingly reliant on a handful of highly valuable shellfish. However, new research by the University of York shows this approach to be extremely risky. The ecological effects of intensive fishing. From left to right, fishing effort increases over time. As a...
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New era of fisheries policy needed to secure nutrition for millions

Securing the critical contribution of wild fish stocks to food and nutrition security in the developing world depends on better governance and management of the fisheries sector. Fish is a key source of animal protein, fatty acids, vitamins, and micronutrients like iron and zinc that contribute to a balanced diet, and is a particularly important food source in many developing countries....
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