The EU Commission granted import licenses for 10 new genetically modified (GM) crops on Friday.
Researchers in California have successfully predicted rates of disease in plants living in grassland ecosystems. The researchers said more common plants in these ecosystems were much more susceptible to disease.
During Global Soil Week, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has urged for more concrete measures to protect soils.
Proposals for new rules on GM crop imports, which mirror earlier regulations on growing GM crops, have been rejected by both sides of the GM debate.
New research suggests that the nicotine-like chemicals could affect bees in the same ways cigarettes affect humans.