Agroscope (Gabriela Brändle, Urs Zihlmann), LANAT(Andreas Chervet)

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Crop cover and soil multifunctionality, supply chain resilience to environmental shocks, EU soybean imports for animal feed, framework for interdisciplinary food systems research...and more!

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  • Brief Communication |

    COVID-19 and locust swarms have threatened international agricultural supply chains. Here, the possible impacts on wheat, rice and maize trade are modelled, showing that trade restrictions could create food price spikes and localized food shortages.

    • Theresa Falkendal
    • , Christian Otto
    • , Jacob Schewe
    • , Jonas Jägermeyr
    • , Megan Konar
    • , Matti Kummu
    • , Ben Watkins
    •  & Michael J. Puma
  • Brief Communication |

    Large-scale land transactions can promote agricultural intensification but may be accompanied by negative socioeconomic and environmental consequences. Estimated carbon emissions from converting transacted lands to large-scale farms can reach up to 2.26 Gt, with the majority emitting from Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Oceania; mitigation strategies are discussed.

    • Chuan Liao
    • , Kerstin Nolte
    • , Jonathan A. Sullivan
    • , Daniel G. Brown
    • , Jann Lay
    • , Christof Althoff
    •  & Arun Agrawal
  • Article |

    Sudan faces population growth to 80 million people, rising temperatures and trebling in demand for wheat by 2050. Crop modelling under climate and socioeconomic scenarios indicates the regional rates of yield growth that must be achieved by breeding heat-tolerant varieties to adapt wheat production to climate change and increased demand.

    • Toshichika Iizumi
    • , Imad-Eldin A. Ali-Babiker
    • , Mitsuru Tsubo
    • , Izzat S. A. Tahir
    • , Yasunori Kurosaki
    • , Wonsik Kim
    • , Yasir S. A. Gorafi
    • , Amani A. M. Idris
    •  & Hisashi Tsujimoto
  • Article |

    System-level analysis on the effects of soil biodiversity on cropping system is lacking. Across conventionally managed European fields, the proportion of time with crop cover during the past ten-year rotation has a greater impact than crop diversity on soil microbial diversity, soil multifunctionality and crop yield.

    • Gina Garland
    • , Anna Edlinger
    • , Samiran Banerjee
    • , Florine Degrune
    • , Pablo García-Palacios
    • , David S. Pescador
    • , Chantal Herzog
    • , Sana Romdhane
    • , Aurélien Saghai
    • , Ayme Spor
    • , Cameron Wagg
    • , Sara Hallin
    • , Fernando T. Maestre
    • , Laurent Philippot
    • , Matthias C. Rillig
    •  & Marcel G. A. van der Heijden
  • Article |

    Understanding the propagation or attenuation of environmental variability and shocks along food supply chains is key to food security. This scoping review identifies entry points for variability, the main factors for variability diffusion, research gaps in terms of food items and types of shock studied, and risk reduction responses at individual, company and governmental levels.

    • Kyle Frankel Davis
    • , Shauna Downs
    •  & Jessica A. Gephart
  • Article |

    Chinese vegetable production accounts for 1.7% of the global harvest area of crops but uses 7.8% of the chemical fertilizer and produces 6.6% of the crop-sourced greenhouse gas emissions of the global agricultural sector. An innovative management programme offers opportunities for producing more vegetables with lower environmental impacts.

    • Xiaozhong Wang
    • , Zhengxia Dou
    • , Xiaojun Shi
    • , Chunqin Zou
    • , Dunyi Liu
    • , Zhengyin Wang
    • , Xilin Guan
    • , Yixiang Sun
    • , Gang Wu
    • , Baige Zhang
    • , Junliang Li
    • , Bin Liang
    • , Li Tang
    • , Lihua Jiang
    • , Zhimei Sun
    • , Jungang Yang
    • , Dongxia Si
    • , Huan Zhao
    • , Bin Liu
    • , Wei Zhang
    • , Fen Zhang
    • , Fusuo Zhang
    •  & Xinping Chen

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