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Advanced breeding paves the way for disease-resistant beans


ETH researchers are involved in the development and implementation of a method to efficiently breed for disease-resistant beans in different regions of the world. Their work will help to improve the livelihood and food security of smallholders in developing countries. For many people in Africa ...


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ETH Podcast: Insects on our plates


What do grasshoppers, crickets and mealworms taste like? While some people can’t overcome their disgust, others enjoy eating these crawly creatures fried or as a chunky burger. In the ETH Podcast, we talk to ETH experts Christina Hartman, department of Environmental Systems Science and professor ...


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Do we still need field biologists?


Due to digitisation, ecologists are working less and less in the field. Christoph Küffer believes that we should not rely solely on digital data, and puts the case for field research. Just a few years ago, those embarked on a doctorate in ecology collected their data in the wild – sweating it out ...


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Palm oil: Substitutes may make matters worse

ETH Zurich Zukunftsblog, author: Dr. Gabriele Manoli


Palm oil is a highly controversial product. However, replacing it with other vegetable oils could endanger land and water resources, argues Gabriele Manoli. Palm oil stands at the centre of an intense and often polarised debate1. While the massive expansion of oil palm across the tropics has ...


The water war myth

By Prof. Thomas Bernauer


Humans need water. If it is in short supply, conflicts can arise. Contrary to popular belief, however, these almost never lead to war, but rather to cooperation, writes Thomas Bernauer. Fresh water is one of the most precious natural resources. Water is available in huge quantities throughout ...


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Digital agriculture in dialogue


Johann Schneider-Ammann, Head of the Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, visited ETH Zurich on Friday. At an event on smart farming, he explained his perspective on digitalisation in Swiss agriculture. The idea for this event came about during a conversation with Lino Guzzella ...


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Optimum shade for cocoa


As chocolate becomes ever more popular, demand for cocoa keeps rising. For production to keep up, agricultural practices have to become more sustainable. ETH researchers tested what shade trees can contribute to solving this problem. Chocolate consumption is increasing around the world. Yet, ...


Getting rid of Salmonella


Emma Wetter Slack will receive the ETH Zurich Latsis Prize 2017 at the upcoming ETH Day. The immunologist is working on an oral vaccine against Salmonella that could be given to animals. Her research could reduce the use of antibiotics in animal breeding. The British-born scientist is a Executive ...


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What contribution can organic farming make?

Zukunftsblog | ETH Zürich


Soil degradation, over-fertilisation, pesticides – intensive farming poses a threat to our very existence. Organic farming is an oft-cited alternative. But can it actually feed the world – and would it be a fully sustainable food system? The challenge is as follows: feed an estimated population ...


Banning oil palm blocks good practices


Palm oil is not equal to palm oil: Since plantations differ massively in environmental and social criteria, a general ban of palm oil in biofuels, as recently discussed by the European Union, would punish the wrong producers while having little impact on reducing deforestation. Biofuels, ...


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