From biodiversity to bats, water and landscapes, we feature a selection of initiatives and approaches that are helping to support sustainable ecosystems and the services they provide, and some of the means for paying farmers to sustain them.
Abstract Plant Remedies against Witches and the Evil Eye in a Spanish “Witches’ Village.” An ethnobotanical survey was carried out to understand the traditional knowledge and current use of different preventive and curative plant remedies...
I predict that we (using the term in its widest possible sense) will understand the links between growing conditions and yield much more deeply. In particular, how changes in a plant’s environment will affect its output.
And we interrupt our holidays again for an important announcement. Dr Mike Jackson, who worked at IRRI for some two decades, much of that in the genebank, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List.
Agrobiodiversity, or agricultural biodiversity, includes all the components of biological diversity of relevance to food and agriculture, as well as the components of biological diversity that constitute the agro ecosystem: the ...
On January 1st, Dole launched a year-long initiative to get Americans to increase their consumption of bananas by proposing 366 ways to go bananas, one for every day of the year, even though the banana is already the country’s best selling fruit.
There are some 35,000 church forests in Ethiopia, ranging in size from a few acres to 300 hectares. Some churches and their forests may date back to the fourth century, and all are remnants of Ethiopia’s historic Afromontane forests. To their followers, they are a sacred symbol of the garden of Eden — to be loved and cared for, but not worshipped.
New wild rice reserve found in S China island provinceChina DailyDubbed the "Giant Panda of the botanical world," wild rice is under state protection in China, and the tropical island of Hainan is known as a "gene bank" for wild rice.
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