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Plant disease

Plant disease

Fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes, and phytoplasmas are the cause of a wide range of major diseases, affecting the world's most important food crops. In this edition we focus on some of the latest approaches to controlling plant disease, from understanding plant genetics to providing the basic principles of plant pathology to help extension advisors give better advice to farmers.

Date published: September 2005

Climate change

Climate change

As concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases increase in the atmosphere, so does the amount of trapped solar radiation, resulting in a rise in global temperatures. This much is known, but many questions remain. In this edition, we focus on climate change and report on some of these questions.

Date published: July 2005

Coastal livelihoods

Coastal livelihoods

In this edition we examine the issues and options of natural resource management and livelihood enhancement in the dynamic coastal zone, including the rapid global shift toward aquaculture, the loss and degradation of mangrove forests, saline water intrusion, tsunamis, and the establishment of marine reserves.

Date published: May 2005

Biotechnology

Biotechnology

In this edition we examine some of the important developments in agricultural biotechnology including the use of molecular markers for crop breeding, genetically engineered pigs, nutritionally enhanced GM crops, genetic modification for drought tolerance, and the use of clean gene technologies.

Date published: March 2005

Camels

Camels

In this edition we examine some of the important issues affecting camels and camel keepers, including declining access to grazing lands, potential markets for meat and milk, use of camels as a source of labour, transport, draught power, camel racing and trading, health and injury.

Date published: January 2005

Underutilised crops

Underutilised crops

In this edition we examine some of the advantages of underutilised crops over those that currently dominate world agriculture, as well as ways to promote their use - and novel uses - so that the global potential of these valuable crops may be fully realised.

Date published: November 2004

Water and food

Water and food

In this edition we feature new developments in the challenges of water management for agricultural and food production including water requirements for freshwater fisheries and for livestock production, raising production through rain-fed agriculture, China's water problems and using wastewater for sustainable agriculture.

Date published: September 2004

Rice

Rice

In this edition we feature new developments in the challenges of growing rice including reducing water consumption for rice, the benefits of the Rice Knowledge Bank, an internet portal to provide extension advice, red rice in Bhutan, and the development of NERICAs for Africa.

Date published: July 2004

Extension

Extension

From extension services for nomadic communities in Kenya, to the work of the Bhutanese extension service, and the transer of the Farmer Field School methodology to livestock farming, in this edition we Focus on extension.

Date published: May 2004

Weeds (part 2)

Weeds (part 2)

In this edition we focus on weeds and their management, including direct seeding in rice, biological control, the battle against aquatic weeds, putting weeds to work and the future of weed control.

Date published: March 2004

 

 

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