Traces of a class of insecticides known to pose a risk to honeybees and other ‘friendly’ insects have been found in the soil across nine North Island sites a year or more after the insecticide was applied.
Global emissions of nitrous oxide, the third most important greenhouse gas from nitrogen-based fertilisers, have increased for many decades but accelerated since 2009 above what previous estimates have suggested, according to Australian and international scientists.
Plants make sugars to form leaves to grow and produce grains and fruits through the process of photosynthesis, but sugar accumulation can also slow down photosynthesis. Researching how sugars in plants control photosynthesis is therefore an important part of finding new ways of improving crop…
FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu said raising awareness, greater innovation – including digital technologies – and investment were needed to reduce food waste and eliminate global hunger.
As a public good that benefits the global community, crop diversity must remain a legacy for generations to come, FAO’s Deputy Director-General for Climate and Natural Resources, Maria Helena Semedo, said.