June 27, 2017

As the fine orange grains of desert sands
Expand with the rising sun,
Into new lands, aflame, the soils erode
To meandering dunes and smother
The withered fields in June.

But all the while and under the surface,
Barely scratched, the next great deserts
May be the wettes...

June 26, 2017

From the mountainous regions of the tropics to the rivers and fertile alluvial plains of China, India and Mesopotamia, humans learnt to domesticate wild plants in order to sustain the populations which eventually became our cities – and civilisations.

Since 9000BC, long...

June 20, 2016

Setting aside the huge scientific value of analysing 1600 rice genomes and training Vietnamese rice breeders in bioinformatics for a moment - let’s appreciate the cultural significance of a crop that acts as a staple food for half of the people on Earth.

Here, we celebr...

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