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A global map of tree microbial symbioses, produced by the Global Forest Biodiversity Initiative (GFBI), is front-page news in the 16 May issue of Nature . CIRAD, which is on the GFBI Steering Committee, helped coordinate the gathering and analysis of data on tropical forests.

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Plants play an important role for most indigenous communities in South America, and not merely as a source of food. They also provide the raw material for building materials, tools, medicine, and much more. The extinction of a plant species therefore also endangers the very foundation of these people's way of life.

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Rapid population and economic growth are destroying biological diversity—especially in the tropics. This was reported by a research team led by the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

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According to The State of the Food Security and Nutrition in the World released last year (SOFI 2018), global hunger and malnutrition has increased considerably since 2016, reaching 821 million undernourished people – approximately one person out of every nine in the world.

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After years of neglect, agriculture finally found a place in the climate talks in 2017.

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From urban farming to drones, innovation can help fill the gap between production and consumption.
by Fiona Harvey