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Climate-friendly farming strategies can improve the land and generate income for farmers
Climate-friendly farming strategies can improve the land and generate income for farmersArticle

Farmers can help slow climate change by mixing native grasses into croplands, restoring wetlands and raising perennial crops. These strategies also conserve soil and water and build new markets...

29 Apr 2021

'Sacred forests' in West Africa capture carbon and keep soil healthy
'Sacred forests' in West Africa capture carbon and keep soil healthyArticle

A stable ecosystem of organic matter is the key to improving agricultural yields in the surrounding farmland and fighting climate change...

Michele Francis 9 Apr 2021

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Viruses can hijack cellular process in order to block immune responseArticle

Research has found that viruses that cause diseases such as the common cold, measles, or Covid-19 can hijack an existing molecular process in the cell in order to block the body's antiviral immune response to a viral infection...

20 Feb 2021

Food and clean water start with soil biodiversity: Learning more about it is urgent
Food and clean water start with soil biodiversity: Learning more about it is urgentArticle

Healthy soils are vital for food, biodiversity, and a healthy planet, but this below-ground world is often overlooked. The launch of the State of Knowledge of Soil Biodiversity Report highlights this...

Charlene Janion-Scheepers 10 Dec 2020

Planning a road trip in a pandemic? 11 tips for before you leave, on the road and when you arrive
Planning a road trip in a pandemic? 11 tips for before you leave, on the road and when you arriveArticle

Following these simple steps can help to keep your holiday memorable in the best possible way...

Thea van de Mortel 30 Nov 2020

UKZN and UniZulu researchers discover proteins to fight parasitic disease
UKZN and UniZulu researchers discover proteins to fight parasitic diseaseArticle

Three new classes of detoxification proteins from a human pathogen that causes a serious gastrointestinal disease have been discovered...

24 Nov 2020

Vita Go Beverages introduces biodegradable bottles
Vita Go Beverages introduces biodegradable bottlesArticle

Biodegradable Future is pleased to announce that Vita Go Beverages will be rolling out with Biodegradable Future Bottles...

Issued by Biodegradable Future 24 Nov 2020

Climate threats spark exciting research into drought tolerant crops
Climate threats spark exciting research into drought tolerant cropsArticle

In Africa, and globally, food crops are expected to be under much-increased threats over the next couple of decades as climate change intensifies, demanding that scientists explore creative new ways to protect these crops...

5 Nov 2020

850,000 animal viruses could be caught by humans, unless we protect nature - UN report
850,000 animal viruses could be caught by humans, unless we protect nature - UN reportArticle

Human damage to biodiversity is leading us into a pandemic era. The virus that causes Covid-19, for example, is linked to similar viruses in bats, which may have been passed to humans via pangolins or another species...

Katie Woolaston and Judith Lorraine Fisher 30 Oct 2020

In autoimmune diseases, circulating antibodies destroy an individual’s own tissues.
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Covid-19 causes some patients' immune systems to attack their own bodies, which may contribute to severe illnessArticle

Across the world, immunologists who retooled their labs to join the fight against SARS-CoV-2 are furiously trying to explain why some people get so sick while others recover unscathed...

Matthew Woodruff 26 Oct 2020

Research points to low risk for Covid-19 transmission inflight
Research points to low risk for Covid-19 transmission inflightArticle

"The risk of a passenger contracting Covid-19 while onboard appears very low. With only 44 identified potential cases of flight-related transmission among 1.2 billion travellers..."

9 Oct 2020

Biodegradable Future starts production of biodegradable bottles and bags
Biodegradable Future starts production of biodegradable bottles and bagsArticle

Biodegradable Future has started production of it's own range of biodegradable bottles and bags. These products are of a commercial grade quality with no changes to quality and shelf life of the finished products...

Issued by Biodegradable Future 1 Oct 2020

Cheap plastic is flooding developing countries - we're making new biodegradable materials to help
Cheap plastic is flooding developing countries - we're making new biodegradable materials to helpArticle

Squeezed by lower fuel demand during the pandemic and the rise of renewable energy, the oil industry is staking out a new future for itself in plastics...

Deirdre McKay 29 Sep 2020

Filtech collaborates with Biodegradable Future to produce Biodegradable PPE
Filtech collaborates with Biodegradable Future to produce Biodegradable PPEArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic has increased the amount of single-use products used by the health industry and the general public, with disposal masks being a recommendation for daily use and wear in many countries worldwide now...

Issued by Biodegradable Future 25 Sep 2020

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Antibiotic resistance: cheap diagnostic test could be a saviourArticle

With the world's attention focused on combating Covid-19, it is easy to forget the other significant threat to public health and the global economy - the rapid rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR)...

Lara Marks & Ankur Mutreja 11 Aug 2020

Paragon Group explores healthy-building design in masterclass
Paragon Group explores healthy-building design in masterclassArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on the health of our built environment, with increased attention and concern at preventing the spreading of pathogens...

20 Jul 2020

Scientists warn of increasing threats posed by invasive alien species
Scientists warn of increasing threats posed by invasive alien speciesArticle

Invasive alien species have emerged as one of the top five threats to biodiversity and ecosystems globally, yet only a handful of countries regard biosecurity measures as a priority...

Wiida Fourie-Basson 29 Jun 2020

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The new architectural frontier: buildings and their microbiomesArticle

As we grow to better understand the microorganisms in built environments - and what dynamics support their survival - we will be able to design and engineer buildings for better health...

Jako Nice 12 Jun 2020

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Breakthrough: microbe found to block the transmission of malariaArticle

Malaria has been a terrible human disease from before the neolithic period up to present day. It has likely caused more human deaths than any other infectious agent...

Jeremy Herren 9 Jun 2020

Buildings have their own microbiomes - we're striving to make them healthy places
Buildings have their own microbiomes - we're striving to make them healthy placesArticle

Architects and building engineers strive to create safe, productive places where humans can live and work...

Kevin Van den Wymelenberg, Leslie Dietz, Mark Fretz 21 Apr 2020

Plastic: Can't live without it, can reinvent it!
Plastic: Can't live without it, can reinvent it!Article

Biodegradable plastics can be just useful as regular plastics, too. They maintain their strength, they're affordable and the additive can be applied to the vast majority of plastic products...

Dean Lynch, Issued by Bean Content 2 Apr 2020

Simple, fact-informed hygiene measures can help slow Covid-19 spread in Africa
Simple, fact-informed hygiene measures can help slow Covid-19 spread in AfricaArticle

The number of coronavirus cases in Kenya has jumped to at least 15 (by 23 March) after the government confirmed more cases...

Siddharth Chatterjee 23 Mar 2020

Airlines feel the brunt of Covid-19 travel bans
Airlines feel the brunt of Covid-19 travel bansArticle

The bill for the global economic impact of Covid-19 is mounting fast and one area of industry that is being hit particularly hard is the aviation sector. The International Air Transportation Authority (IATA) has estimated the global cost to the aviation sector to be as much as $113bn.

19 Mar 2020

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#DI2020: Empathy and empowerment hand-in-hand at Design Indaba 25Article

Terry Levin shares an overview and top highlights from this year's Design Indaba Festival...

Terry Levin 2 Mar 2020

Commonly used antibiotics are no longer working. solarseven/ Shutterstock
Antibiotic resistance: new discovery could change the future of treatmentArticle

Since their discovery in 1928, antibiotics have become a common way of treating infections caused by bacteria, fungi and other microbes. To treat an infection, a doctor usually prescribes a course of antibiotics (such as penicillin) for us to take. This drug is usually contained in a capsule then swallowed, where it dissolves in the stomach.

David Moyes & Victoria Carr 25 Feb 2020

The insert to detect TB was 3D printed. Image source: Getty/Gallo
3D-printed device makes TB diagnosis faster and simplerArticle

A 3D-printed insert added to simple face-masks is revolutionising the way tuberculosis (TB) is detected...

19 Feb 2020

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'Ageotypes' provide window into how individuals ageArticle

How humans age can be categorised into different classes dubbed "ageotypes," reports a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine...

Hanae Armitage 30 Jan 2020

Palm oil: Research shows that new plantations produce double the emissions of mature ones
Palm oil: Research shows that new plantations produce double the emissions of mature onesArticle

Researchers found that palm oil plantations up to five years old were more harmful to the climate than already established ones...

Sofie Sjogersten 23 Jan 2020

Giving pregnant women antibiotics could harm the lungs of preemies, according to study in mice
Giving pregnant women antibiotics could harm the lungs of preemies, according to study in miceArticle

Born after just 23 of the normal 40 weeks of pregnancy, the extremely preterm baby is small enough to fit in the palm of my hand and weighs just one and a quarter pounds...

Kent Willis 23 Dec 2019

To feed the world in 2050 we need to build the plants that evolution didn't
To feed the world in 2050 we need to build the plants that evolution didn'tArticle

Synthetic biology lets us explore places where evolution has never gone, to help meet humanity's food needs in a future shaped by climate change...

Claudia Vickers 20 Nov 2019

Could fungi save the fashion world?
Could fungi save the fashion world?Article

Environmental action group Extinction Rebellion is disrupting London Fashion Week to highlight the harms of throwaway culture and the concurrent climate emergency that the clothing market contributes to...

Sam Vettese and Ian Singleton 13 Sep 2019

Bees: How important are they and what would happen if they went extinct
Bees: How important are they and what would happen if they went extinctArticle

It's unlikely that all species of bees will go extinct anytime soon - but current losses could still have a terrible impact on food supplies and ecosystems...

Philip Donkersley 21 Aug 2019

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Soil health: Feeding the world, protecting the earthArticle

Studies by scientists have shown that soil health in South Africa is declining more and more every year. Looking at specific soil biological indicators that are linked to root health and nutrient mineralisation in around 10,000 soil samples over the past five years, it has been found that more than 70% have not had optimal soil biological life...

Venessa Moodley 7 Aug 2019

Five ways buildings of the future will use biotech to become living things
Five ways buildings of the future will use biotech to become living thingsArticle

What if our homes were alive? I don't mean smart homes with the disembodied voice of Alexa deciding the setting for your living room spotlights. I mean actually alive - growing, living, breathing and even reproducing...

Martyn Dade-Robertson 23 Jul 2019

Leishmaniasis is caused by a parasite that is carried by a female sandfly. CDC/ Frank Collins
Leishmaniasis needs more attention: it causes skin lesions, and can killArticle

Leishmaniasis ranks on the World Health Organisation's list of neglected tropical diseases, along with the usual suspects such as dengue, chikungunya and rabies...

Ramona Hurdayal & Raphael Taiwo Aruleba 15 Jul 2019

Antimicrobials are frequently used on farms in developing countries to promote animal growth. ©
The scourge of antibiotics in animal feedArticle

Antibiotics are routinely added to animal feed in poor nations, fuelling superbugs. But new solutions are emerging, writes Aisling Irwin.

Aisling Irwin 11 Jul 2019

Spinach is more prone to carrying bacteria and pathogens, study finds.
Careful with spinach, no matter where you buy itArticle

A collection of studies on the hygiene of spinach, conducted under the auspices of the Centre of Excellence in Food Security, has come up with some surprising findings...

Mologadi Makwela 11 Jun 2019

Can vaccines help fight the rise of drug-resistant microbes?
Can vaccines help fight the rise of drug-resistant microbes?Article

Some of the most important medications doctors have at their disposal have been rendered ineffective by parasites, viruses, and bacteria that have evolved resistance against them, and the problem is poised to get worse....

Chris Sweeney 10 Apr 2019

The major source of ocean plastic pollution you've probably never heard of
The major source of ocean plastic pollution you've probably never heard ofArticle

"Nurdles" may sound cute but they pose a huge risk to the marine environment. Also known as "mermaid tears", these small plastic pellets are a feedstock in the plastic industry...

Claire Gwinnett 12 Mar 2019

5 ways our food supply chain will transform in 5 years
5 ways our food supply chain will transform in 5 yearsArticle

IBM has revealed the five significant changes driven by innovation in science and technology that will transform every stage of the food supply chain within the next five years...

14 Feb 2019

City fails to publish water quality tests for two years
City fails to publish water quality tests for two yearsArticle

Cape Town's scenic beaches, which are a draw card for tourists, are occasionally contaminated by bacteria from faeces, at levels which pose a risk to human health...

Steve Kretzmann 12 Feb 2019

How we can "bank" water underground for use later on
How we can "bank" water underground for use later onArticle

Since groundwater was developed as a science 150 years ago by Henry Darcy, several ideas using engineering and technology have cropped up on how best to manage it...

Gaathier Mahed 28 Jan 2019

What is aeration in sewage treatment?
What is aeration in sewage treatment?Article

Aeration is a fundamental component of conventional sewage treatment, because without it the biodegradation of many pollutants wouldn't take place as it should...

Issued by WEC Projects 16 Jan 2019

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Microbial aromas might save crops from droughtArticle

If you've ever walked in a forest following the first rainfall after a dry spell, you would recall a sweet, fresh and powerfully evocative smell. This earthy-smelling substance is geosmin, a chemical released into the air by a soil-dwelling bacteria called actinomycetes...

Ruth Schmidt 4 Jan 2019

High density grazing can improve rangelands
High density grazing can improve rangelandsArticle

Correctly applied, high density grazing makes it possible to improve grazing, gradually improve carrying capacity and amplify meat production per hectare...

Andries Gouws 20 Dec 2018

Stellenbosch University student develops first gut probiotic for broiler chickens
Stellenbosch University student develops first gut probiotic for broiler chickensArticle

A PhD student in microbiology at Stellenbosch University's Faculty of Science has successfully developed and patented a probiotic for broiler chickens. This based on microbiota from the guts of free-range chickens.

10 Dec 2018

Turner Upfront, South Africa.
Turner reveals content plans for Africa 2018/19Article

Turner's Upfront reveals brand new look, slate, and local partnerships for its African markets...

19 Nov 2018

Some smart ideas to make toilets fit for purpose in Africa's cities
Some smart ideas to make toilets fit for purpose in Africa's citiesArticle

About 23% of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa don't have access to toilets while 31% with toilets use one's that aren't connected to a formal sanitation system...

Mooyoung Han and Shervin Hashemi 19 Nov 2018

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