A dispute over Western Sahara’s phosphate reserves could disrupt food production around the globe. Aided by the longest conveyor belt in the world, a steady stream of chalky white powder emerges on the
In the not-too-distant future, our fields could be tilled, sown, tended and harvested entirely by fleets of co-operating autonomous machines by land and air. And they'll be working both day and night.
Figuring out why certain soils keep plant parasites at bay could be a boon for agriculture around the globe
Plants around the world are constantly under attack — often with big implications for humans. In the 1960s, millions of elm trees in Britain, France and the US fell victim to Dutch elm disease, which the
Newly sequenced genomes of soil bacteria have raised questions about how differing land management affects the organisms' behaviour. UK scientists found one strain locked nitrogen in the soil, while another