Wheat’s complex immune system requires a smart health response against disease
Covid-19 has shown us the fragility of our health, and the power of science to rapidly respond. Similar breakthroughs are waiting in the wings if a comparable disaster befell agriculture.
Phosphorus: a finite resource essential for life, critical for agriculture and food security
Strategic use of phosphorus fertilisers can ensure higher crop yields. High yields minimise the amount of land devoted to food production, maximise the use of scarce rainfall and help keep food supplies stable and relatively cheap. Getting the balance right is important in an increasingly crowded world.
Small farms need protection to safeguard nutrients and diversity
Industrial-scale agriculture that focuses on increased yields might not be the answer to feeding the world's growing population. New research suggests the UN's Sustainable Development Goals require a discussion on quality over quantity, where smaller farms are recognised as the nutrient power house.
Legumes’ microbe relationships hold them back from travelling the globe
Have you, or someone you know, ever wanted to travel the world or move somewhere different but couldn't because of family commitments or a relationship? It appears that for legumes too, close relationships hold them back from spreading about the globe.