Engineering nature to make materials

New research published within MRS Bulletin explores how materials engineers are 'hacking life' using synthetic biology. This exciting new research could lead to sustainable solutions that benefit the health and technology industries.


Research Confirms New Reports of Glyphosate-Resistant Junglerice

For more than a decade, growers have waged a high-profile battle against glyphosate-resistant pigweed. But pigweed is by no means the only weed resistant to glyphosate.…


Co-management of protected areas: How does it help mitigate and prevent conflicts from escalating?

Although protected areas serve as refuges for wild plants and animals, they are also places of negative human–wildlife interactions, or conflicts.…


The current state of parasite discovery and taxonomy

The latest Paper of the Month from Parasitology is ‘The geography of parasite discovery across space and over time’ by Robert Poulin and Fátima Jorge.…


Forest edges have genetic consequences: a further threat for lemurs in Madagascar?

Natural habitats such as forests continue to be destroyed at an alarming pace across the globe and are becoming increasingly fragmented.…


Livestock production evolving to contribute to sustainable societies

Some anthropologists hypothesise that we probably wouldn’t be the sophisticated, technology-driven society we are today, if our ancestors had not started to eat meat.…


Reducing phosphorus waste in the food system

We are wasting a mineral essential for our food security. A mineral without which crops and grass cannot grow, i.e. phosphorus.…


Dairy foods and meat, good for all ages?

People are living longer but rising obesity increases the risk of a number of long term diseases such as type 2 diabetes which increases the risk of other problems such as heart disease and stroke.…


Organic smallholders are cultivating resilient rice systems

In the Philippines, organic rice systems are proving to be more climate resilient than conventional rice systems. This is according to a Self-evaluation and Holistic Assessment of climate Resilience of farmers and Pastoralists (SHARP), a methodological tool developed by a team at the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.…


Researchers document the role rainfall plays in organic weed control

Organic  growers can face tough challenges when it comes to weed control.  But new research published in the journal Weed Science shows weather conditions and well-timed cultural management techniques can make a big difference.…


Research focuses on factors that fuel new plant invasions

Which environmental factors are most important to the establishment of new plants of invasive species? Is it seed dispersal from existing plants?…


Changes in livestock farming required

The animal article of the month for October is ‘Opinion paper: What needs to be changed for successful future livestock farming in Europe?’ The authors of this opinion paper formulate that the future success of the European livestock farming sector is at a critical stage, at least if success includes besides positive economic output, non-market values such as public acceptance of practices and sustainability issues.…