Biodiversity

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Regen ag: Undefined and unable to feed the planet?

By Oliver Morrison

Yes, its broad principles offer a promising path towards sustainable nutrition and food security for the future. But without a standard definition regen ag risks becoming a soon-disregarded fad, it has been warned.

Purple bacteria are found in a variety of shallow environments such as estuaries, salt marshes and hypersaline salterns. Image: Getty/wallix

The next source of eco-friendly fertiliser: purple bacteria?

By Oliver Morrison

Biomass made from a species of purple bacteria typically found in marine sediments, seawater pools and mud flats is an ‘excellent nitrogen fertiliser’, according to research published in the journal Sustainable Agriculture.

India is the world’s second largest rice producer, but the country faces significant threats to the livelihoods of rice farmers from the effects of climate change. Image: Getty/Umesh Negi

The new projects aimed at transforming rice farming in South Asia

By Oliver Morrison

Mitti Labs, a tech-enabled project developer focused on sustainable agriculture, specifically in the rice farming sector, has unveiled five rice projects in India to reduce methane emissions, increase water security and build farmer resilience.

Eco-labels make good sense, but working in isolation they won't save the planet from the climate crisis. GettyImages/zoranm

Why eco-labelling won’t save the planet

By Flora Southey

Not even the innovators themselves are backing on-pack carbon footprint labelling to save the planet from rising global temperatures. Here's why.

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Why financing smallholder farmers matters... experts discuss

By Maria Fortunato

Agtech solutions must address financing for smallholder farmers, together with scope 3 emissions, and inequity across multiple sectors of the industry in order to meet sustainability goals. This was the consensus among panellists at a recent webinar co-hosted...

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VC investment

Agtech's ‘great reset’ continues, data reveals

By Oliver Morrison

PitchBook’s latest Q1 2024 Agtech Report indicates a market undergoing a correction, with the wheat being separated from the chaff. Some sectors are hotter than others, meanwhile.

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UV light signalling: the next frontier in plant science?

By Oliver Morrison

New Zealand-based BioLumic uses ultraviolet (UV) light to boost the growth, yield, and quality of various crops, including corn, soybeans, lettuce and cannabis. It is now bringing its tech to ryegrass in an attempt to manage the country’s notorious methane...

The new bioinsecticide von Bayer can be used in oilseed rape and cereals. Image: Getty/AlpamayoPhoto

Bayer to launch first bioinsecticide for arable crops

By Oliver Morrison

Via a new agreement with UK-based R&D company AlphaBio Control, Bayer has gained exclusive rights to market the first ever biological insecticide which will help farmers control pests in arable crops. The product is expected to launch in 2028.

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World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit Roundup

What can make leafy greens actually taste good? Gene editing can

By Oliver Morrison

US health-focused food and agriculture company Pairwise is using one of the most powerful R&D advances in a generation – CRISPR – to develop compelling products that benefit consumers, growers and agricultural workers alike. As such, it believes it...

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Climate change & wine: A global map of changing wine regions

By Rachel Arthur

Climate change could create dramatic shifts in where wine is produced: making vineyards unsustainable in some regions, but opening up new opportunities in others. Researchers have mapped how the global distribution of vineyards is likely to change.

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Innovation insider

Japan wants to promote smart agriculture, fast

By Oliver Morrison

Agri-tech spend is lagging in the land of the rising sun. But amid the looming threats of depopulation and ageing, the government is looking to new styles of agriculture that can boost productivity, sustainability and strengthen national food security....

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How multiomics is supporting agricultural analysis

By Oliver Morrison

Science continues to explore new ways to make agriculture more efficient in the modern world, taking a thorough approach to research and leaving nothing off of the table, including the impact of climate change. Here, we talk with Partha Banerjee, PhD,...

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Can growing planes really cure vertical farming’s growing pains?

By Oliver Morrison

While all vertical farms may seem to grow vertically at first glance, the fact is, they don’t. Most companies are growing on flat, stacked planes, which will lead to more failures in the space in the months and years to come, according to Nate Storey,...

Image: Aphea.Bio has so far launched two products: a biostimulant seed treatment for wheat and a maize biostimulant. Image: Getty/Roelof Bos

How biologicals can win where GMs didn't

By Oliver Morrison

Aphea.Bio’s recently appointed chairman Hadyn Parry predicts ‘huge’ growth for biostimulants and biofungicides. These are typically GM-free of course, but the market is well-placed to avoid the mistakes of the past, he tells AgTechNavigator.

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