World Food Day 2017

To mark World Food Day on 16th October we have collected together articles from our archive on the theme of food and its connection with ecology and evolution.

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Oct 16, 2017
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Agricultural Biodiversity

The former Iron Curtain still drives biodiversity–profit trade-offs in German agriculture

Biodiversity at risk under future cropland expansion and intensification

Agricultural intensification without biodiversity loss is possible in grassland landscapes

Changing the agriculture and environment conversation (this article also appears in Nature's Outlook on Food Security)

Rural Economy

Ecosystem Assessment: Robust assessment comes of age

General ecological models for human subsistence, health and poverty (plus associated News & Views)


Agricultural Pests

Genomic adaptation to polyphagy and insecticides in a major East Asian noctuid pest


Crop Pollination

Ecological and evolutionary approaches to managing honeybee disease

Pesticide reduces bumblebee colony initiation and increases probability of population extinction

Honeybee spillover reshuffles pollinator diets and affects plant reproductive success

Food and Evolution

Dietary adaptation of FADS genes in Europe varied across time and geography

Primate brain size is predicted by diet but not sociality (plus associated News & Views)


Crop Domestication

Evidence for mid-Holocene rice domestication in the Americas

Persistent tropical foraging in the highlands of terminal Pleistocene/Holocene New Guinea (plus associated News & Views)


Fisheries and Aquaculture

Linked sustainability challenges and trade-offs among fisheries, aquaculture and agriculture

Mapping the global potential for marine aquaculture (plus associated News & Views)

Ending fishery overexploitation by expanding from local successes to globalized solutions

Coherent assessments of Europe’s marine fishes show regional divergence and megafauna loss

Gene flow from domesticated escapes alters the life history of wild Atlantic salmon


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Patrick Goymer

Chief Editor, Nature Ecology & Evolution

Patrick joined Nature Publishing Group in 2005 as an Assistant Editor at Nature Reviews Genetics and Nature Reviews Cancer. In 2008 he moved to Nature, where he served as Senior Editor covering ecology and evolution, before becoming Chief Editor of Nature Ecology & Evolution in 2016. He has handled primary manuscripts and review articles across the entire breadth of ecology and evolution, as well as advising and writing for other sections of Nature. Patrick has a degree in genetics from the University of Cambridge, did his DPhil in experimental evolution in Paul Rainey’s lab at the University of Oxford, and did postdoctoral work on evolutionary and ecological genetics in Linda Partridge’s lab at University College London in association with Charles Godfray’s lab at Imperial College London.

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