Researchers have devised a non-GM method for hybridising wild and cultivated cassava species, to create improved varieties.
The most debated stories of 2012
SciDev.Net brings you the most commented on articles in 2012, including news, editorials and opinions, spanning topics as diverse as wind energy, access to weather data and communicating science.
Stories include an article about an Egyptian teenager who figured out how to turn plastic waste into biofuels, and an article about a controversial study that claimed to have found a way to increase the protein content of cassava only to be retracted due to missing data.
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Dubai scientists hope their first GM camel, to be conceived later this year, will eventually make drug production in the region more affordable.
Slash-and-burn agriculture is more sustainable than modern clearing methods and improves biodiversity, a study suggests.
Science journalists must help to root out misleading scientific claims, but not without sensitivity to culture and the limitations of science.
A Tunisian wind turbine that replaces blades with sails, can capture twice the wind energy of existing turbines, its creators claim.
The World Meteorological Organization is offering improved access to data for decision-makers in developing countries.
An Egyptian teenager has devised a low-cost method for producing biofuel from plastics, and will receive assistance with progressing her idea.
The shortage of credible and diverse voices in science undermines the capacity of journalists to respond to development challenges.