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Oil palms and primates can hardly co-exist in Africa

Future trajectories of global population growth, and the associated demand for vegetable-based oils for biofuels and human consumption make it evident that the expansion of oil palm cultivation will hardly slow down in the next 50 years. It is forecasted that a substantial portion of... click to read more

  • Giovanni Strona | Researcher at European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate D - Sustainable Resources, Ispra, Italy
  • Zoltan Szantoi | Researcher at European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Directorate D - Sustainable Resources, Ispra, Italy; Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Stellenbosch University, Matieland 7602, South Africa
  • Ghislain Vieilledent | Researcher at Forêts et Sociétés, Université Montpellier, CIRAD, Montpellier, France
Views 586
Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 19, 2018
A tale of morning glories. New discoveries about the origin of the sweet potato

Morning glories, so called because of their characteristic full bloom in the early morning, are common garden plants that belong to the family Convolvulaceae. Perhaps surprisingly, the most famous morning glory species is not famous for its flowers, but instead for its underground, tasty structures:... click to read more

  • Pablo Munoz Rodriguez | PhD student at Green Templeton College, Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP Programme, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Views 484
Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 13, 2018
The Poisoned Oasis: Neonicotinoid Spillover Harms Bees Near Corn

Neonicotinoids are a highly controversial class of insecticides that are often applied as seed coatings for crops such as corn, soy and, canola. Neonicotinoids are systemic and water soluble; once treated-seeds are planted, the insecticides are taken up by the growing plant through the roots... click to read more

  • Nadia Tsvetkov | PhD student at Department of Biology, York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Amro Zayed | Associate Professor at Department of Biology, York University, Toronto, Canada
Views 1561
Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 5, 2018
Will gene therapy save the banana?

It’s got to be one of the most popular fruits around: the banana. Although there are over a 1000 varieties, few people realize that almost the whole banana export is dependent on one type of banana, the Cavendish. This banana - cultivated by the personal... click to read more

  • Reinier Prosee | PhD student at Department of Molecular Biology, Section of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 1400
Reading time 4 min
published on May 3, 2018