Ripe pods of soybean varieties on a plant stem in a field during harvest against a blue sky (Photo: zoyas2222 - stock.adobe.com)

© zoyas2222 - stock.adobe.com

Landnutzung English Risiko

The role of plant characteristics in environmental conflicts

Soybeans are a crucial crop for the world economy. Argentina as the world’s third largest transgenic soy grower plays a key role in the global soy value chain with transgenic soy being a pillar of the country’s development model. Several conflicts are emerging around soy cultivation in Argentina and I focus on the conflict about royalties on transgenic soy seeds between farmers, the state and seed companies. Here, I will in particular show how some plant characteristics of soy have an effect on the emergence and the development of the conflicts.

Landschaft in der Mongolei

International research visits have not been possible since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: Lukas Drees (ISOE)

Corona English Risiko Transdisziplinarität

What can social-ecological research learn from the COVID-19 pandemic? Reflections and recommendations

The COVID-19 pandemic has vividly demonstrated the susceptibility of fieldwork activities – which play a key role in social-ecological research – to sudden crisis events. This contribution is reflecting on the question of how researchers can constructively deal with such challenges and in what respect this might also constitute a chance to promote a more inclusive and equitable research landscape. We are offering recommendations for overcoming disruptions to place-based research and some food for thought that may also be of interest beyond the social-ecological research community.

Palmölplantage auf Borneo

Palmölplantage auf Borneo. Foto: whitcomberd – stock.adobe.com

Corona Biodiversität Landnutzung Risiko

Prävention von Zoonosen durch Biodiversitätsschutz – eine sozial-ökologische Aufgabe

COVID-19 hat seinen Ursprung in wildlebenden Tieren und konnte sehr wahrscheinlich im Zusammenhang mit Wildtierhandel auf den Menschen übertragen werden. Dass das menschliche Vordringen in Naturräume und die zunehmende Ausbeutung von Naturressourcen das Auftreten neuer Krankheiten wahrscheinlicher macht, ist schon lange bekannt. Angesichts der dramatisch hohen Kosten der Pandemie spricht vieles für einen konsequenten und globalen Biodiversitätsschutz. Die sozial-ökologische Biodiversitätsforschung am ISOE zeigt, wie dieser Biodiversitätsschutz zur Prävention künftiger Zoonosen gestaltet sein sollte.