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The AgShare.Today Resource Centre brings together a collection of resources related to agriculture. These include open access scientific journals and best practice guides that can be used for background reading and to support research initiatives. The AgShare Featured Resource showcases a new document each month that the AgShare team recommends to all members.

Trees for life: the ecosystem service contribution of trees to food production and livelihoods in the tropics

This review synthesises the current evidence base examining the contribution of forest and trees to agricultural production and livelihoods in the tropics.

Published by: Forest Policy and Economics, Year: 2017, Pages: 10, File type: External link (998 KB)

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Nitrous oxide emissions from grain cropping systems: a meta-analysis of the impacts of fertiliser-based and ecologically based nutrient management strategies

Understanding how agricultural management practices impact nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions is prerequisite for developing mitigation protocols. This study contains a meta-analysis to assess how management affects N2O emissions.

Published by: Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, Year: 2017, Pages: 21, File type: (920 KB)

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Spatial dynamics and control of a crop pathogen with mixed-mode transmission

This study considers the difference that planting material exchange can make to the successful control of cassava brown streak disease, an important viral disease affecting one of Africa’s staple crops.

Published by: PLOS Computational Biology, Year: 2017, Pages: 18, File type: External link (2,549 KB)

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Genome sequencing of the staple food crop white Guinea yam enables the development of a molecular marker for sex determination

To accelerate marker-assisted breeding of yam, this research involved a genome analysis and sex-linked marker development of white Guinea yam.

Published by: BMC Biology, Year: 2017, Pages: 20, File type: (2,676 KB)

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Comparative analysis of environmental impacts of agricultural production systems, agricultural input efficiency and food choice

A meta-analysis of life cycle assessments that includes over 90 foods produced primarily in high-input systems shows that organic systems require more land but emit similar greenhouse gas emissions as conventional systems.

Published by: IOP Publishing, Year: 2017, Pages: 12, File type: External link (1,349 KB)

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Global economic trade-offs between wild nature and tropical agriculture

To inform global sustainable land-use policies, this research combines geographic information systems with a meta-analysis of ecosystem services studies to perform a spatially explicit analysis of trade-offs.

Published by: PLOS Biology, Year: 2017, Pages: 22, File type: External link (2,913 KB)

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Adapting agriculture to a changing climate in South Asia

This paper highlights a wide range of climate-smart agriculture options undertaken to address the risks and challenges faced by farmers in South Asia.

Published by: World Agriculture, Year: 2017, Pages: 14, File type: External link (596 KB)

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The search for resistance to cassava mosaic geminiviruses: how much we have accomplished, and what lies ahead

This study identifies that further progress in harnessing natural resistance to contain cassava mosaic geminiviruses has come from the discovery of the dominant monogenic resistance locus, CMD2, in some West African cassava cultivars.

Published by: Frontiers in Plant Science, Year: 2017, Pages: 19, File type: External link (6,421 KB)

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Interventions to improve the labour market outcomes of youth: a systematic review of training, entrepreneurship promotion, employment services and subsidised employment interventions

This systematic review investigates the impact of training and skills development, entrepreneurship promotion, employment services and subsidised employment interventions on the labour market outcomes of young women and men.

Published by: International Labour Organisation, Year: 2017, Pages: 291, File type: External link (4,190 KB)

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VirusDetect: an automated pipeline for efficient virus discovery using deep sequencing of small RNAs

This research presents VirusDetect, a bioinformatics pipeline that can efficiently analyse large-scale small RNA data sets for both known and novel virus identification.

Published by: Virology, Year: 2017, Pages: 9, File type: External link (1,272 KB)

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