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Tiny barcodes for a global food chain

Do you know where your food comes from? How would you find out? Every year, an estimated 48 million Americans get sick from foodborne illnesses. Traditionally, when an outbreak occurs, such as the multi-state E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce in 2018, the source of... click to read more

  • Christopher P. Mancuso | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Jason Qian | PhD Student at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Views 8360
Reading time 4 min
published on Jun 7, 2021
A rapidly changing ocean is alarming for fisheries sustainability

Our oceans support millions of people's livelihoods and well-being. Marine fisheries connect the vast ocean space and the world's fish markets, providing fish and other seafood on our tables. Today's drastic climate change is threatening fisheries worldwide, because the marine ecosystem is responding to climate-induced... click to read more

Views 1048
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 22, 2021
Why does biodiversity matter for agriculture?

Nature is a vital service provider for agriculture in many ways. Fruit trees and other pollinator-dependent crops are pollinated by wild insects like bumblebees, solitary bees, or flies. Other insects like predatory ladybugs or ground beetles eat pests that would otherwise damage or even destroy... click to read more

  • Matteo Dainese | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Institute for Alpine Environment, Eurac Research, Bozen/Bolzano, Italy
  • Emily A. Martin | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Biocenter, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
  • Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter | Professor at Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Biocenter, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
Views 2653
Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 10, 2020
Rainfall is changing: when and where we need to be ready to adapt?

Climate change will affect rainfall patterns around the world. Because rainfall is such a variable quantity, and models still have a hard time providing reliable projections, few studies have to date ventured to evaluate if these future patterns will move the climate outside the range... click to read more

  • Maisa Rojas Corradi | Professor at Departamento de Geofísica, Centro del Clima y la Resiliencia, Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile
Views 1486
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 21, 2019
Environmental change and fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds: what is the gap to bridge?

There is now much scientific evidence to suggest that our planet's environment is changing rapidly and that this poses an ever-increasing risk to human health and our food systems. Changes such as agricultural land degradation, water shortages, rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns can affect... click to read more

  • Carmelia Alae-Carew | Research Assistant at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK
  • Pauline Scheelbeek | Assistant Professor at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK
Views 4655
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 3, 2019