Crops

Efforts to increase crop yields are critical to meeting growing demands for food from a larger, wealthier population.

As part of an ongoing monographic study of the genus Ipomoea (morning glories) that contains the domesticated sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) Robert Scotland and John Wood from the Department of Plant Sciences have recently described 18 new species of morning glory from Bolivia with one species, Ipomoea lactifera, identified as a close wild-relative of sweet potato.

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A consortium brought together by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food has received a major award from the Wellcome Trust as part of their 'Our Planet, Our Health' programme.

The project will look at the consequences of the global increase in the consumption of meat, dairy and other animal-sourced foods and how it affects the environment and human health.  It will focus on how to achieve changes towards more sustainable and healthy diets.

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New Report Identifies "Regret-Free" Approaches for Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change

Researchers provide clarity on action amid fears of wasted investments and imprecise science

A study called "Addressing uncertainty in adaptation planning for agriculture" has been published in PNAS by researchers from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), including Oxford researcher, Joost Vervoort.

You can read the paper in PNAS here and you can read more about the research on the CCAFS website here.

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A new paper by Lindsay Turnbull shows that organic farming increases species richness by about 30%.

The study was a meta-analysis that compared biodiversity under organic and conventional farming methods, mainly in Europe and North America. The authors note that more studies need to be carried in the Developing World to see if the same results would apply.

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Organic farming is generally good for wildlife but does not necessarily have lower overall environmental impacts than conventional farming, a new analysis led by Dr Hanna Tuomisto, at Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), has shown.

The researchers analysed data from 71 studies published in peer-reviewed journals that compared organic and conventional farms in Europe.

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‘On-farm’ seed priming: an ecological & sustainable disease management strategy

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to carry out PhD research in the field of agronomy, plant physiology, crop production and plant-microbe interactions. This studentship, funded by the Ekhaga foundation, will provide a platform to build an interdisciplinary research career in the field of Sustainable Agriculture & Agroecology.

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Professor Kathy Willis, Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Resource Stewardship and Associate Director of the Biodiversity Institute, will explore the history of botany in a major new series starting next week on BBC Radio 4.

In her capacity as the Director of Science at Kew Gardens, Professor Willis will present Plants: From Roots to Riches, looking at our changing relationship with plants, from the birth of modern botany right through to the modern day. The 25-part series will feature unprecedented access to the rich heritage and ongoing work of scientists at one of the world’s oldest botanical institutions.

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The lecture that Professor James Jones gave recently on Model-Based Integrated Assessment of Food Security and AgMIP, the The Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Projec

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Reporting to the Director of Science and the Head of Natural Capital & Plant Health, you will be a member of the Plant Resources research team with responsibility for carrying out and publishing research applying modelling approaches to crops, crop wild relatives and other resource-providing plants relevant to both the needs of the Food Security Impacts of Industrial Crop Expansion in Sub-Saharan Africa project and the overarching themes of NCPH and Kew’s science strategy.

Contract: 3 years contract (January 2018) 

Salary: £30,786

Location: Kew Gardens, Richmond, Wakehurst Place, West Sussex

Closing Date: 05/06/2015

For more information, please view this vacancy on the Kew Gardens website or downaload the Job Profile

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Science, Technology & Environmental Policy Program on the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Post-Doctoral Fellow or Associate Research Scholar for Global Agriculture and Climate Change

The Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University invites applications for a position as a post-doctoral research associate in Global Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Forest Protection.

This position will report to and work closely with Tim Searchinger, an Associate Research Scholar, and principal investigator of the project.

To apply, please visit the Princeton University website

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