Microbes instead of chemicals: how to reinvigorate arable lands

Microbes instead of chemicals: how to reinvigorate arable lands

Do we really eat poorer quality bread than our ancestors? What harm have the many decades use of artificial fertilizers and chemical pesticides done to our farmlands? How could bacteria, algae and fungi help establish a more sustainable agriculture? The MTA and the Hungarian Society for Microbiology sought to answer these questions during a conference held at the Academy and with the support of the American Society for Microbiology.

New key word for oncology: coexistence instead of eradication New key word for oncology: coexistence instead of eradication

New key word for oncology: coexistence instead of eradication

Over the past 60 years the primary aim of doctors has always been to attempt to completely eliminate tumours. However, some tumour cells survive even the most drastic therapies. These can later build up to a second tumour, which may be even more difficult to combat. The limitations of traditional therapy suggest that instead of attempting to eradicate cancer completely, it should rather be kept at bay.

Inaugural lecture of Marlan O. Scully Inaugural lecture of Marlan O. Scully

Inaugural lecture of Marlan O. Scully

The inaugural lecture of Marlan O. Scully newly elected honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences will take place at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences on 10 October, 2016.

Analyses on the effects of migration on the labour market Analyses on the effects of migration on the labour market

Analyses on the effects of migration on the labour market

The latest issue of The Hungarian Labour Market Yearbook published by MTA KRTK (Centre for Economic and Regional Studies), studies the current migration process from a Hungarian perspective. It discusses the demographic composition of the population migrating from Hungary, the migration of doctors, the schemes encouraging emigrants to return to their home country and also provides an insight into how the appearance of immigrants influences the employment and wage level of workers in the accepting countries.

Inaugural lecture: Lajos Hanzo Inaugural lecture: Lajos Hanzo

Inaugural lecture: Lajos Hanzo

The inaugural lecture of Lajos Hanzo, newly elected foreign member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences took place at the Academy on the 30th August.

New Breeding Techniques: regulate or not to regulate  International conference at the Academy New Breeding Techniques: regulate or not to regulate  International conference at the Academy

New Breeding Techniques: regulate or not to regulate International conference at the Academy

Aims of the conference: The new precision genome editing (PGE) techniques are currently widely discussed as key elements in the new breeding methods serving the agricultural innovation also in Europe. Unfortunately among the EU member states, there is no consensus on the use of GM technology in agricultural practices. The conference will take place between 26-27 September at the palace of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Seamus Heaney memorial lecture by poet and literary historian William J. McCormack Seamus Heaney memorial lecture by poet and literary historian William J. McCormack

Seamus Heaney memorial lecture by poet and literary historian William J. McCormack

WILLIAM J. MC CORMACK was born outside Aughrim in Co. Wicklow in 1947. He taught at several universities before he retired in 2002 from Goldsmith College, University of London. He is the author of several critical books on W. B. Yeats, J. M. Synge, Roger Casement amongst others, and the author of the synthetic monograph From Burke to Beckett, Ascendancy, Tradition and Betrayal in Literary History. The lecture will take place on the 16 September.

Dogs' brains process both what we say and how we say it Dogs' brains process both what we say and how we say it

Dogs' brains process both what we say and how we say it

The first study to investigate how dogs' brains process speech shows that our best friends in the animal kingdom care about both what we say and how we say it. Dogs, like people, use the left hemisphere to process words, a right hemisphere brain region to process intonation, and praising activates dog’s reward center only when both words and intonation match, according to a study in Science.

The 12th European Nitrogen Fixation Conference took place in Budapest The 12th European Nitrogen Fixation Conference took place in Budapest

The 12th European Nitrogen Fixation Conference took place in Budapest

Fixed nitrogen is probably the main plant nutrient that limits agricultural production worldwide. For most developed countries this limitation can be alleviated by the use of nitrogenous fertilizers. The increased cost of fertilizer nitrogen, concern about nitrates in water supplies, and the limited availability of fertilizer in developing countries are major factors influencing a desire to obtain more fixation by biological means.

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