Stories we loved the week of February 26th:
Lack of pollinators cuts small farm harvests
Boosting the number of pollinators could increase crop yields on small farms in developing countries.
How forest loss is leading to a rise in human disease
Increasingly, the science shows that the felling of tropical forests creates optimal conditions for the spread of mosquito-borne scourges and contagion from animals.
Seeing the impact of forest fires in South Sumatra: a view from the field
An estimated 2.6 million hectares—or 4.5 times the size of Bali—of forest burned to clear land for palm oil production. How can Indonesia cut down on slash-and-burn agriculture?
The ‘hidden’ biodiversity sustaining our agricultural systems
‘Biodiversity’ conjures up images of trees, plants, insects and mammals, but what of the biodiversity which exists under the ground? Scientists explore the key role soil biota play in maintaining healthy agro-ecosystems.
How farmers are trying a new kind of flooding to save California’s agriculture
Even as scientists say the Golden State’s agricultural sector must inevitably shrink, farmers are testing a way to stanch the loss of their most precious resource: groundwater.