Applied plant science
In this section you can find the latest updates on the research that focuses on plants, agriculture, horticulture and ways in which plants can be used for food, feed, materials and energy in the most sustainable way.
Food security and food sovereignty
What options are before us when it comes to feeding the expected 9 billion people soon to be populating the Earth? Increasing yields, decreasing waste, redistributing wealth and empowering both the producers and the consumers to make choices which will ensure a harmonious coexistence and a healthy environment. This topic is multifaceted and with an overwhelming degree of complexity. Applied plant science can provide only part of the answers, but researchers all over the world are trying their hardest to contribute to this struggle. Read further...
The growing human population calls for more arable land in order to feed all those hungry mouths. But arable land isn't limitless. An alternative to deforestation is permaculture - the use of urban spaces to grow edible plants. Read more...
The Green revolution and sustainable agriculture
The 20th century brought forth a number of radical shifts in the way the land is used and our food is produced. They go under the name of Green revolution. Although it is claimed that this revolution saved millions from starvation, its impact of the environment, animal and human health and socio-economical conditions of farmers and Countries of the South clearly shows a need for a paradigm shift. Read more...
Plants have been at man's service for millennia. According to Michael Pollan, the opposite is also true! Cultivating your own piece of land, teaching children how to help vegetable crops fight their pests, eating a meal straight from the backyard... These are all activities that relax the mind, please the body and enrich the soul. They also help in maintaining biodiversity, eating with respect for the environment and safeguard the pocket! Read more...