Recent news stories from research, education, and the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich.
More variety? Eat buckwheat!
What will it take to make our agroecosystems more diverse and secure? Take buckwheat, for example – an ancient grain-like plant with considerable potential. It's not related to cereals, yet produces storable seeds and can taste anything from deliciously tart to bitter. Read more
Chaining up diarrhoea pathogens
Researchers have clarified how vaccinations can combat bacterial intestinal diseases: vaccine-induced antibodies in the intestine chain up pathogens as they grow in the intestine, which prevents disease and surprisingly also hinders the spread of antibiotic resistance. Read more
Ancient solar particle storm quantified
An exceptional solar particle storm could make winter temperatures in Europe and Russia drop by three degrees Celsius and increase UV radiation significantly. Read more
The cooling effect of agricultural irrigation
Previously, scientists have suggested that agricultural irrigation affects mean climate in several regions of the world. New evidence now shows that this cooling influence is even more pronounced when it comes to climate extremes. Read more