I was in South America for the past couple of weeks, which is why blogging has been, well, slow. One of the places I visited was the Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, near Cusco in Peru, thus fulfilling a long-standing ambition.
Einkorn: Eli Rogosa's quest to save the plant by eating it Commons I contacted the head of Israel's gene bank to see about local wheat, and learned the native varieties were on the verge of extinction.
Dr KC Bansal, director of India’s national genebank at the National Bureau for Plant Genetic Resources was interviewed on the TV show Eureka recently. Well worth listening to his advocacy for agricultural R&D in general and genebanks in particular.
Over 15 years of promoting millet use and conservation is paying off. Research fellow Gennifer Meldrum reports from Chennai, India as Bioversity International and partners are taking the initiative to the next level.
A couple of days ago we blogged about a study by European genebankers which recommended the establishment of a “European Plant Germplasm System” (EPGS) along the lines of the US National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS).
Director General M. Ann Tutwiler speaks to Devex about new partnership opportunities for Bioversity International and how researchers need to think about the relevance of their work for farmers, policymakers and other audiences.
PM+: EU must make 'concrete contribution' on preserving global agrobiodiversity TheParliamentMagazine.eu Europe must play a leading role in the global effort to protect crop diversity, argues Marie Haga.
We’ve now received a copy of the 2007 report to the Steering Committee of Australia’s National Genetic Resource Centre entitled “Benefit-cost analysis of the proposed National Genetic Resources Centre,” as trailed in an earlier post.
FAO has just published a very glossy volume, somewhat unnecessarily prosaically entitled “State of the art report on quinoa around the world in 2013.” I guess it signals the official end of the International Year of Quinoa.
Via the International Network of Food Data Systems (INFOODS) discussion list we hear from FAO’s Ruth Charrondiere that: …FAO’s “Medium Term Plan 2014-17 (reviewed) and Programme of Work and Budget 2016-17″ … states on p.21: “Nutrition: in...
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