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23 April 2015
New Test Could Prevent Spread of 'Killer' Bees
AUSTRALIA - Researchers have developed a genetic test that can help prevent the spread of infected bees, which threaten hives in Australia....
British Bee Diet Blamed for Decline
UK - Different land use types cause differences in protein levels in British bee diets, which could impact on population size, according to new research from Lancaster University....
13 April 2015
Mounting Evidence for Neonicotinoid Environmental Impact
EU - Evidence for the negative impact of neonicotinoid pesticides on the environment is rapidly increasing, according to a joint report from the European Academies of Science to the European...
10 April 2015
US Bee Population Showing Less Die-Off Than in 2014
US - The honeybee population has experienced less severe die-offs over winter than in 2014, but there are still significant threats, according to a specialist from Purdue University....
26 March 2015
Scientists Reveal Genetic Differences in Wheat
US - Kansas State University scientists have released findings of a two-year study of the genetic diversity of wheat, that could aid future crop improvement....
13 March 2015
Farmers Profit from Wet Fields, Migrating Birds
US – Farmers who have a hard-to-farm wet spot on their land may be able to turn it into a well-drained, profitable field by providing a temporary wet habitat for migrating birds. ...
15 January 2015
Agri-environmental Schemes Increase Yields as Well as Biodiversity
UK - Agri-environmental schemes on farm are generally seen to be taking up production space but the big question facing farmers tempted to employ them is “Do they Work?”...
05 January 2015
Wheat Yield Losses Predicted Due to Rising Temperatures
GLOBAL - For the first time, an international consortium of researchers have used a systematic multi-model test to exploit data from field and artificial heating experiments to focus on the responses...
01 December 2014
Wasp vs Wattle - Is Biocontrol the Answer for Europe?
EU - The bud-galling wasp may be just a few millimetres long, but some scientists believe this small insect could solve a big European problem....
03 October 2014
Endocrine Disruptors – Risk or Hazard?
ANALYSIS - As the European Commission launched its consultation on endocrine disruptors as pesticides, crop protection industry experts spelt out concerns that a catch all hazard based approach...
02 October 2014
Is Politics Rather than Science Dictating Crop Protection?
ANALYSIS - Too many regulations regarding chemicals and crop protection products are being made for short-term political expediency rather than being based on solid science....
02 September 2014
Armyworm Concerns in Headed-Out Sorghum
US - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts warn grain sorghum producers they should now be ever more vigilant in scouting for armyworms in the coming weeks as the crop heads out....
02 June 2014
Bolivia Recognizes Farmers as Custodians of Biodiversity
Bolivia recognizes custodian farmers of agricultural biodiversity as key contributors to the conservation of biodiversity, food and income security — now and in the future — to sustain and...
30 April 2014
Coromandel Forms JV With Japanese Firms
INDIA - Crop protection products manufacturer, Coromandel International Limited (CIL) part of $22 billion Murugappa Group has entered into an agreement with Japanese firm Yanmar Co Ltd and Mitsui...
15 April 2014
Sustainable Profitable Agriculture with Biodiversity Conservation
EU - Economically viable agriculture can be combined with effective biodiversity conservation according to a recent EU funded study....
31 March 2014
BCPC Congress 2014 Programme Well Advanced
UK - Building on the success of last year’s event, the BCPC Congress 2014 is well on track to be another highly informative and stimulating event....
£4 Million Investment for UK Food Production Innovation
UK - Businesses including an urban farm and spin-outs from Universities across the UK have received a share of £4 million of funding from government and industry to develop their innovative...
24 March 2014
Diversity in UK Gardens Aiding Fight to Save Threatened Bees
UK - The global diversity of plants being cultivated by Britain's gardeners is playing a key role in the fight to save the nation's threatened bumblebees, new research has revealed....
11 March 2014
Microsoft Acquires Carbon Credits From Madagascan Rainforest
MADAGASCAR - Microsoft Inc. has acquired a block of carbon credits from the Madagascan government to help protect one of the country’s pristine rainforest ecosystems – the Makira National...
27 February 2014
First Online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas Now Available
GLOBAL - A new online Atlas of freshwater biodiversity presenting spatial information and species distribution patterns is now available online....
20 February 2014
Managed Honeybees Linked to New Diseases in Wild Bees
UK - Diseases that are common in managed honeybee colonies are now widespread in the UK's wild bumblebees, according to research published in Nature. The study suggests that some diseases are...
08 January 2014
OFC: CAP Offers New Market Orientation for Farming Sector
UK - The reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy have been based on a new market orientation, sustainability and public and private input across the policy, writes Chris Harris from the Oxford...
24 December 2013
Abandoned Farmland Widespread in Central and Eastern Europe
GLOBAL - A new study conducted for the European Commission suggests that abandoned farmland is widespread in Europe and that not all land that has been abandoned is unsuitable for farming....
04 December 2013
Improving Environment Yields and Welfare with Trees
ANALYSIS - Using trees as shelter belts around fields can increase yields and margins, reduce run-off and soil erosion and help improve the eco system by providing shelter for animals and pollinators,...
21 November 2013
Farm Business Innovation – Growing in Different Directions
UK - Farm Business Innovation is an event in the UK designed to inspire and assist those diversifying in or out of agriculture....
20 November 2013
Conservation Agriculture Better for Environment Communities and Ecosystems
ANALYSIS - Adopting a system of Conservation Agriculture can increase yields while conserving water and mineral resources, writes Chris Harris....
18 October 2013
Endangered Indigenous Rice Re-established in North China
CHINA - A rare indigenous rice species, which almost became extinct in the 1970s due to low yields, is being revived in north China's Hebei Province. ...
17 October 2013
How Should Crop Production Products be Regulated?
ANALYSIS - Concerns are rising in the chemical and crop protection industry that regulations that are starting to be implemented by the European Commission could damage the food and agriculture...
01 October 2013
Protecting Ecosystems While Producing Food
UK - Crop protection systems, declining water resources and the increased use of machinery and technology will all have an increasing bearing on the way the agricultural sector manages the land...
11 September 2013
EU Tackles Invasive Species Impacting Agriculture, Fisheries
EU - The European Commission has proposed a new legislation to prevent and manage the rapidly growing threat from invasive species. There are currently over 12,000 species present in Europe which...
 
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