Herb derivative could work against Ebola

2015-02-27 10:25

A small molecule derived from an Asian herb may help stop Ebola infection by preventing the virus from entering the cells of the body, researchers say.

Eucalyptus study could be the key to koala survival

2015-01-12 12:29

Studying eucalyptus leaves could hold the key to understanding why the existence of the iconic koala is under threat and also help secure its future, says a Danish-based researcher.

World's largest truffle sells for $60K

2014-12-08 13:33

Consider it a bargain: The world's largest white truffle sold at auction for $61 250, far less than the cool $1m its owner reportedly had hoped for.

Marijuana shops not always so popular

2014-11-12 08:45

The booming new marijuana industry has an image problem. Not with government officials and the public, but with other businesses.

SA living flag will be seen from space

2014-10-27 13:04

The Camdeboo Municipality in Graaff-Reinet will be home to the largest South African flag ever constructed on our planet, dubbed the "Living Flag".

Gulping coffee all day? It may be in the genes

2014-10-07 21:36

Scientists have long known that your DNA influences how much coffee you consume. Now a study has identified some genes that may play a role.

Trees injected to prevent hay fever

2014-10-06 06:10

Big trees in Melbourne's outdoor dining district will be injected with hormones to help customers suffering from hay fever, it has been reported.

Ethiopia banks on seeds to boost food security

2014-09-29 14:14

Ethiopia has introduced a programme to improve food security that combines scientific knowledge with local know how, as new community-based seed banks and training centres try to help farmers.

Philippines 'breaks world tree-planting record'

2014-09-27 22:42

Philippine officials say they have set a new world record for the most trees planted in an hour, with 3.2 million seedlings sown as part of a national forestation programme.

New 85 000ha reserve proclaimed in Western Cape

2014-09-24 11:00

A new nature reserve – the first in 20 years in the Western Cape – has been declared across 85 000ha of the Succulent Karoo region.


Toxic 'Tet' kumquats highlight Vietnam's pesticide problem

2015-02-19 08:53

At Lunar New Year, most Vietnamese families buy a kumquat tree, a symbol of prosperity, but where once its fruits were candied and enjoyed as a delicacy, now they are left uneaten as food safety scandals batter consumer confidence.

India's secret garden: 18-years in the making

2014-12-14 09:09

Gardener Nek Chand recalls his 18-year labour of love in making India’s beautiful, and once secret, handmade garden.

Genetic research may offer alternatives to GM crops

2014-12-02 12:06

Advances in understanding the genetic make-up of plants could ultimately help to produce more resilient, higher-yielding crops, the head of French seed company Limagrain says.

World first: A glowing flower

2014-11-03 10:32

A glowing flower has gone on display in Tokyo. Instead of sorcery and magic, its creators used science to genetically modify the flower, adding a naturally fluorescent plankton protein to its genetic mix.

Cocoa clue to reversing memory loss

2014-10-27 11:44

Bioactive ingredients found in cocoa have sharply reversed age-related memory decline in a group of volunteers, scientists report.

Morocco mulls legal pot growing, breaking taboo

2014-10-07 09:57

Morocco's marijuana farmers live in a strange limbo in which the fields are left alone, while the growers face police harassment. A new draft law may bring some reprieve.

Green offices make employees happier - study

2014-10-03 16:30

People who work in a 'green' office, literally surrounded by plants, are happier than people in 'lean' offices without live foliage, suggests a new study.

Rooftop gardens brings new life to Manila

2014-09-29 09:58

Vegetable farms have started to grow on rooftops, in shanty towns and school grounds amid the cramped, concrete surroundings of metro Manila.

'Crazy' climate forces Colombian farmers to adapt

2014-09-26 12:55

Colombia's agricultural sector has always been a blissfully low-tech business as the climate allowed farmers to harvest two or three times a year but recently, climate change has been sowing chaos in their fields.

Jamaica to plant breadfruit trees to fight hunger

2014-09-22 13:49

Roughly 5 000 breadfruit trees are expected to be planted on school properties across Jamaica to help fight hunger and boost feeding programmes for students.

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