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Natural use of biology to control disease in crops is the Holy Grail of agriculture, and a team of young researchers has now pinpointed a way of easing cereals’ risks from a deadly root pathogen. In the soils of the world’s cereal fields, a family tussle between related species of fungi is underway for control of the crops’ roots, with food security threatened if the wrong side wins.

10 projects are to be funded by BBSRC and FAPESP through the Newton Fund's Joint Pump-Priming Awards for AMR and Insect Pest Resistance in Livestock and Agriculture. The pump-priming awards bring together researchers across the UK and São-Paulo to tackle core challenges for anti-microbial resistance and resistance of insect pests in the Brazilian agriculture and livestock sectors

Six projects have been awarded funding to enhance sustainable agriculture in Colombia. The projects have been awarded funding as part of the Sustainable Tropical Agricultural Systems programme, which aims to ensure reliable and sustainable food provision for Colombia.