Scientists Say Modified Bacteria Could Protect Crops and Replace Pesticides

“Beneficial bacteria such as burkholderia that have co-evolved naturally with plants, have a key role to play in a sustainable future,” said Professor Eshwar Mahenthiralingam, lead researcher of the study published in Nature Microbiology. Modern agriculture relies on regular spraying with pesticides to keep insects and fungal disease at bay. Beneficial bacteria that co-evolved with plants, have …

UN Reports World’s Food Supply Under Threat

The world’s food supplies are increasingly under threat from the ongoing destruction of the planet’s biodiversity , a new UN report has warned. Plants, animals and micro-organisms which are crucial to supporting and upholding the human diet are not being protected, the study by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation found. Some 20 per cent …