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The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Soybean Value Chain Research supported the launch of the first mechanized planting in the history of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture’s (IITA) breeding program last month in Lusaka, Zambia.

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The way we work, travel, interact and access public services have all been transformed by smart devices, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), all of which are themselves rapidly evolving. This transformation is even going as far as impacting what we eat, with scientific breakthroughs from lab-grown meat to artificial flour.

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World population growth and lifestyle are the main causes of the increase in the volume of wastewater. As a result of the treatment of these waters, millions of tons of sewage sludge are generated, filling landfills and generating pollution, unpleasant odors, and public health risks.

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A researcher is studying the use of drones for fruit trees. The majority of agricultural applications for drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), have been carried out in grain crops such as wheat, corn and soybeans.

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To support development of nutritious crop cultivars across the globe through biofortification, ICRISAT and CGIAR’s HarvestPlus opened up their x-ray fluorescence (XRF) testing facilities through a recently launched online platform.

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The National Institute of Agrarian Innovation (INIA) makes available to small farmers a new technique that allows the development of new citrus plants free of the main viruses and Huanglongbing disease (HLB), transmitted by the insect Diaphorina citri, avoiding - thereby - large losses in the citrus industry of Peru.