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Saving livestock by thinking like a predator

For predators like wolves, cougars and snow leopards, a cow or sheep out to pasture may make for an easy and tasty meal. But when wild animals eat livestock, farmers face the traumatic loss of food or income, frequently sparking… read more

Think again before extolling organic farming

The motivation to fight hunger Julie Borlaug inherited from het grandfather, who  got the Nobel Price for his work on agricultural renovations . And like him she is looking for answers in modernising.  Yes, an enormous challenge! Before the end… read more

Tiny Woodlands Are More Important Than Previously ..

Small woodlands in farmland have more benefits for humans per area, compared to large forests, according to a new study. The small woodlands, sometimes even smaller than a football field, can easily go unnoticed in agricultural landscapes. Yet, these small… read more

Ants’ shit may help feed humanity

About 12.000 years ago humans started cultivate crops. But farming is much older; it is known from fungi farmed by ants, termites or beetles. Leafcutter ants, the best known farmers among insects derive from insects that have been running mould… read more

How an Invasive Bee Managed to Thrive in Australia

The Asian honeybee should have been crippled by low genetic diversity, but thanks to natural selection it thrived. uIn the famous case of Darwin’s finches, natural selection acts decisively, elevating a trait in the population, weeding it out, or simply… read more