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In 1987, countries worldwide signed the Montreal Protocol to protect the depleting ozone in the atmosphere. Ozone/trioxygen (O3) is a gas that...
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Speed breeding: can the “new green revolution” transform research and agriculture?

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100-word explainer: When is a microbe not a microbe?

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Agriculture takes up approximately 38% of the total land on earth. This figure has been relatively stable since a rapid...