Sonia Monti

February issue

Mitigating enteric disease in poultry, enhancing photosynthesis and yield in rice, improving crops models using satellite data on soil moisture, design principles of food gels....and more

Latest Research

  • Review Article |

    A comprehensive review of the constitutive nature, design approaches, structural properties and applications of food gels, pertinent to the food science, nutrition and health communities.

    • Yiping Cao
    •  & Raffaele Mezzenga
  • Article |

    Transgenic rice engineered to increase photosynthetic activity through overproduction of ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase–oxygenase (Rubisco) shows increased rice yields, with improved nitrogen-use efficiency, in an experimental paddy field.

    • Dong-Kyung Yoon
    • , Keiki Ishiyama
    • , Mao Suganami
    • , Youshi Tazoe
    • , Mari Watanabe
    • , Serina Imaruoka
    • , Maki Ogura
    • , Hiroyuki Ishida
    • , Yuji Suzuki
    • , Mitsuhiro Obara
    • , Tadahiko Mae
    •  & Amane Makino
  • Article |

    Understanding the response of agriculture to heat and moisture stress is essential to adapt food systems under climate change. Using newly available satellite soil moisture data, this study finds that the combined influence of soil moisture and atmospheric evaporative demand is important for accurately predicting US maize yields.

    • A. J. Rigden
    • , N. D. Mueller
    • , N. M. Holbrook
    • , N. Pillai
    •  & P. Huybers
  • Article |

    Poultry coccidiosis results in about US$3 billion global production losses per year, and is managed by prophylactic antimicrobial use. Lessard et al. have developed chicken feed based on transgenic corn for mitigating coccidiosis, resulting in reduced intestinal lesions and improved body weight and feed conversion in Eimeria-infected corn-fed animals compared to untreated controls. Corn-fed and salinomycin-treated birds had comparable outcomes, indicating potential for antimicrobial-free management of coccidiosis.

    • Philip A. Lessard
    • , Matthew Parker
    • , Oleg Bougri
    • , Binzhang Shen
    • , Vladimir Samoylov
    • , Jon Broomhead
    • , Xuemei Li
    •  & R. Michael Raab
  • Article |

    Collapse of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) will impact agricultural land use and its economic value in Great Britain. Ritchie et al. model the impacts of smooth (conventional climate change) and abrupt (tipping point change) AMOC collapse on land use, arable farming and related economic outputs in Britain, as well as the economic feasibility of technological adaptations such as widespread irrigation.

    • Paul D. L. Ritchie
    • , Greg S. Smith
    • , Katrina J. Davis
    • , Carlo Fezzi
    • , Solmaria Halleck-Vega
    • , Anna B. Harper
    • , Chris A. Boulton
    • , Amy R. Binner
    • , Brett H. Day
    • , Angela V. Gallego-Sala
    • , Jennifer V. Mecking
    • , Stephen A. Sitch
    • , Timothy M. Lenton
    •  & Ian J. Bateman
  • Review Article |

    Trade agreements can constrain or enable governments’ ability to implement food system-level actions aimed at improving nutrition and mitigating climate change. The technical and political aspects of trade agreements that interact with food systems are reviewed here, and the coherence between trade policy goals and public interest goals, such as nutrition and climate change, is discussed.

    • Sharon Friel
    • , Ashley Schram
    •  & Belinda Townsend

News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    To highlight vulnerabilities of future food production under climate change, we need a better understanding of crop yield variability drivers. Soil moisture, which plays interdependent roles in water demand and supply, determined from satellite observations can markedly improve the predictive skill of US maize yield models.

    • Michelle Tigchelaar
  • Editorial |

    Transforming the food system for human and planetary health must support the livelihoods and well-being of those working in the agri-food sector.

  • Comment |

    A food system framework breaks down entrenched sectoral categories and existing adaptation and mitigation silos, presenting novel ways of assessing and enabling integrated climate change solutions from production to consumption.

    • Cynthia Rosenzweig
    • , Cheikh Mbow
    • , Luis G. Barioni
    • , Tim G. Benton
    • , Mario Herrero
    • , Murukesan Krishnapillai
    • , Emma T. Liwenga
    • , Prajal Pradhan
    • , Marta G. Rivera-Ferre
    • , Tek Sapkota
    • , Francesco N. Tubiello
    • , Yinlong Xu
    • , Erik Mencos Contreras
    •  & Joana Portugal-Pereira