Making a case for safer ways to fight rice pests in the Greater Mekong

Rice is big business in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) in Southeast Asia‚ÄĒnot only as a vital source of food but also as a crop that provides work and income for 80 percent of the population. However, despite positive developments in the last decade, millions of tons are still being lost to pests, diseases, and…
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New study produces biofuel and animal feed from the same crop

‚ÄėFirst generation‚Äô bioethanol is produced directly from food crops such as corn and sugarcane.  Global production of bioethanol has been increasing in recent years due to policies in many countries that consider biofuel as a renewable alternative to fossil fuels. While it is widely recognised as means to improve future energy security, the rapid expansion…
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Challenges of sharing knowledge – including volcanoes

The struggle to make agricultural information more widely available faces many challenges, but they do not normally include volcanic eruptions. For the last few days, the IAALD conference on Scientific and Technical Information and Rural Development‚Äôs website has been providing updates on the effects of activity from the Eyjafjallaj√∂kull volcano in Iceland. So it was a big…
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