Deforestation, certain types of reforestation and commercial palm plantations correlate with increasing outbreaks of infectious disease, shows a new study in Frontiers in Veterinary Science. This study offers a first global look at how changes in forest cover potentially contribute … Continue reading Deforestation, forest conversion and oil palm plantations linked to disease outbreaks
David Green, Executive Director at U.S. Sustainability Alliance and a commentator and advisor on food and agriculture for GreenOrange, argues that gene-edited crops are not GMOs 2.0. Millennia ago, a farmer fashioned a crude plough that could be dragged through … Continue reading Gene-edited crops are not GMOs 2.0
Zachary Senwo, Fulbright Scholar & Professor of Soil Microbial Biochemistry, Environmental Science & Toxicology at Alabama A&M University, explores nitrogen cycling in sustaining soil health and agricultural systems With a renewed emphasis on sustainable agriculture and food security, comes a … Continue reading Why Nitrogen cycling is a keystone indicator in sustaining soil health
One third of global greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans are linked to food, according to new study. The figure is higher for developing countries but also declining significantly in step with decreasing deforestation and increasing downstream activities such as … Continue reading A third of global greenhouse gas emissions from food production – New study
Now that the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is picking up steam, it’s tempting to hope that the world can soon move past the horrific human and economic tolls of the coronavirus pandemic and return to “normal.” Unfortunately, as scientists and even … Continue reading Can CRISPR tame avian flu and prevent the next pandemic?
Use of field-specific fertiliser in Indo-Gangetic Plains (IGP) can increase grain yield and reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared with typical / traditional farmer fertilisation practices (FFP). They also lead to reduced costs and increased incomes for farmers. These were the … Continue reading Crop nutrient management using digital tool improves yield, reduces greenhouse gas emissions — Study
It’s now possible to clone animals and use them to produce a wide variety of valuable products, including staple foods like meat and milk. But as is often the case with technological innovation, the pressing question isn’t necessarily “can we … Continue reading Cloned animals: A safe, sustainable source of food and medicine?
Research on Ghana’s first gene-edited crop — a high-yielding sweet potato with increased beta carotene content — is under way at the University of Cape Coast. “For sweet potatoes, we want to look at how we can use the CRISPR-Cas9 system to … Continue reading University of Cape Coast scientist turns to gene editing to improve sweet potato crop
Bumble bees and honey bees both depend on the same flower species in UK summers, which means that plant diversity is crucial to the survival of both species. In the UK, the sight of bees mark the beginning of a … Continue reading Scientists explain why plant diversity is crucial for bee conservation
Professor Renata Riha, at the Edinburgh Department of Sleep Medicine, released new data about how coffee can balance short term cognitive impairment – as experienced by sleep deprived people, or shift pattern workersThe Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) … Continue reading Data finds 300mg of coffee can solve short term cognitive impairment
It is generally known that beeswax is falsified, and adulterated waxes are increasingly appearing in markets. Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS), Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectroscopy techniques were used to assess changes in the composition of n-alkanes, fatty acids, monoesters, … Continue reading Analysis of beeswax adulteration with paraffin using GC/MS, FTIR-ATR and Raman spectroscopy
Beekeeping has been increasingly been promoted in developing countries to create income-generating opportunities for marginalised people without exacerbating environmental degradation. While many successful programs have been implemented, there have also been projects with high resource inputs that have resulted in … Continue reading Factors influencing beekeepers income, productivity and welfare in developing countries: A review
Policymakers urgently need ideas on ways to end hunger. But a global review of the literature finds that most researchers have had the wrong priorities. How can research help to end hunger? One way to answer this question is to … Continue reading Science must stop neglecting smallholder farmers to end hunger
Author: Darkwa Sarah Local spices were collected from seven major markets across Ghana, compiled and identified by their Scientific, Common and Local names, properties, part used and area found. Seven fresh pork sausages prepared using differing compositions of these spices … Continue reading Spices and Condiments in Ghana: Their Utilization in Comminuted Meat Products [Abstract]