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Unexpected discovery: ‘Blue-green algae̵..

  Cyanobacteria – also called blue-green algae – can produce oil from water and carbon dioxide with the help of light. This is shown by a recent study by the University of Bonn. The result is unexpected: Until now, it… read more

Potatoes for oysters

Restoring ecosystems All over the world wet ecosytems like mangroves, marshes, coralreefs, coasts, are playing an important role in keeping the local nature in balance. This is common knowledge, but still  many of these ecosystems are disappearing or degraded. People… 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

Genetic modified crops: the solution for the worl..

Can gentech help us feed all 10 billion mouths in 2050? An estimated 815 million people go hungry these days according to a report of the World Health Organisation (WHO). This is about 11 % of the world population. Shocking… read more

Dandelions for more sustainable rubber

Researchers and start-ups are nourishing the roots of a sustainable alternative to the rubber tree  Cornish and her group at Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences are growing a special variety of dandelion from Kazakhstan known by… read more