Nasa is collaborating with the International Potato Centre, based in Peru, to find out if potatoes could be grown on Mars
The Guardian has reported information from the Met Office indicating that the UK growing season in past 10 years is on average 29 days longer than between 1961-1990
New research published in Nature shows that many of the wild crops that will be needed for future food supply are poorly represented in the world’s gene banks.
The most critical gaps are in the Mediterranean and the Near East, western and southern Europe, Southeast and East Asia, and South America.
New research has shown, for the first time, that a beneficial microbe is producing a plant hormone that protects a plant by inducing plant resistance.
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The Executive Director for the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies has published conclusions from the FAO’s Global Soils week 2015.
The theme of this year was “Soil. The Substance of Transformation”
You can find the conclusions here: link
The third plenary assembly of the Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly will take place at the FAO headquarters in Rome from 22nd – 24th June 2015.
The assembly will review and prioritise GSP actions, and agenda items include the implementation of the International Year of Soils and the World Soil Day and its celebration in 2015.
You can find more about the assembly here: link
The agenda of the third session can be found here: link