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Managing soil by well-designed grazing is key to an animal’s growth and wellbeing shows new research linking soil health, pasture value and sustainable production. Individual pastures on livestock farms yield surprisingly dissimilar benefits to a farm’s overall agricultural income, and those differences are most likely attributable to the varying levels of “soil health” provided by its grazing livestock, reveals a study published today.

A new study shows isolation of a gene controlling the shape and size of spikelets in wheat may help breeders deliver increased yields. The findings discovered by the John Innes Centre gives breeders a new tool to accelerate the global quest to improve wheat, and also highlights a range of next generation techniques available for fundamental research into wheat.

The Earlham Institute (EI, UK) and the Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU, China) are working together towards resolving the urgent issue of agri-food security in China by developing precision agriculture solutions - funded by the Newton Network+. With the largest population in the world, China feeds nearly 1.4 billion people - covering 22% of the globe's inhabitants.