Grow your own food security?

There is an increasing recognition in both the scientific literature and amongst the general population of the benefits of 'grow your own' food. Not only does growing your own provide you with fresh and healthy produce straight from your own back yard, there are a myriad of social and environmental benefits as well. Gardening can support a wide range of biodiversity and hel...
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Food for thought: the N8 Agrifood Conference 2018

Plants, People, Planet Managing Editor Bennett Young recently attended the N8 Agrifood conference in Liverpool. Also attending was Elspeth Ransom, a PhD student in Katherine Denby's lab at the University of York and Warwick University. Read on for Elspeth's round-up of the key points from the conference. Food system challenges are complex, global issues which can only be tackl...
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With a little help from my fungus

If you need help defending your tomato plants from pests, enlisting the help of a fungus might not be at the top of your list. But a recent study, published in New Phytologist, has shown that a fungus could actually be an unlikely ally in the greenhouse. Similar to the beneficial microbes that inhabit the human gut, plants can play host to a range of microbes, some of which ...
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Behind the Cover: New Phytologist 213:1, January 2017

It may look like any other leaf canopy, but the cassava leaves on the front cover of the first issue of New Phytologist for 2017 could hold part of the key to feeding the world’s growing population. In their Tansley review, Amanda De Souza and colleagues from the University of Illinois, IL, USA, and Lancaster Environment Centre, UK, describe how the yield of cassava, a stapl...
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