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Magic of millets

The magic of millets. Yes, genebanks are in there too...
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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, pets, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc...
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Storytelling and Food: How Pacific Islands are Revitalizing Pride in their Food Culture

Storytelling and Food: How Pacific Islands are Revitalizing Pride in their Food Culture | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
 

The bounty and diversity of Papua New Guinea can easily make one’s jaw
drop.  Home to a staggering array of endemic species and over 800
indigenous tribes, Papua New Guinea is also the world’s most linguistically
diverse nation.
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Capturing crop wild relative and landrace diversity

Capturing crop wild relative and landrace diversity | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A new book ‘Enhancing Crop Genepool Use - Capturing wild relative and landrace diversity for crop improvement’ shows the progress made in the science of agricultural biodiversity conservation and use, with a special focus on crop wild relative and landrace diversity.  Crop wild relatives and...
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The roles of community seed banks in climate change adaption

The roles of community seed banks in climate change adaption | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The roles of community seed banks in climate change adaption View/Open  Authors Vernooy, R. Sthapit, B. Otieno, G. Shrestha, P. Gupta, A. Date 2017 Language en Type Journal Article Review status Peer Review Accessibility Open Access Metadata Show full item record Share Citation Vernooy, R.;...
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Wheat is somewhat ignored, in some places

That’s according to Bill Gates, on his visit to The Bread Lab. May come as a surprise to CIMMYT and ICARDA, and to their partners at TraitGenetics. Or to the bunch of Italian farmers Jeremy interviewed for the latest Eat
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Xylella spreads shock

Xylella spreads shock | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A few days ago the European Commission published its “List of demarcated areas established in the Union territory for the presence of Xylella fastidiosa as referred to in Article 4(1) of Decision (EU) 2015/789” and the news is not good
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A risk assessment framework for seed degeneration: Informing an integrated seed health strategy for vegetatively-propagated crops

A risk assessment framework for seed degeneration: Informing an integrated seed health strategy for vegetatively-propagated crops  Date 2017 Language en Type Journal Article Review status Peer Review Accessibility Limited Access Metadata Show full item record Share Citation Thomas-Sharma, Sara;...
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Drivers of household food availability in sub-Saharan Africa based on big data from small farms

Drivers of household food availability in sub-Saharan Africa based on big data from small farms | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Drivers of household food availability in sub-Saharan Africa based on big data from small farms View/Open Article (2.054Mb)  Date 2016 Language en Type Journal Article Review status Peer Review Accessibility Open Access Metadata Show full item record Share Citation Frelat, Romain; Lopez-Ridaur,...
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Measuring the success of botanical gardens

Good to see Botanic Gardens Conservation International first technical review online, entitled Defining the botanic garden, and how to measure performance and success. The definition part turns out to be a compendium of “criteria useful in defining a botanic garden.”
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How many genebanks are there in the world?

The UN Statistics Division (UNSD) is responsible for bringing together data on the Sustainable Development Goals, and does a generally pretty good job of explaining the just-agreed targets and indicators on its new(ish) website. Let’s remind ourselves that Goal 2
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Indigenous agricultural practices hold key to maintaining biodiversity & mitigating climate change

Indigenous agricultural practices hold key to maintaining biodiversity & mitigating climate change | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
In early May 2017, the Global Alliance for the Future of Food hosted its 2nd International Dialogue with over 250 food systems leaders from the local to the global, to gain deeper insights into the connections between climate change and food systems, to craft visions of the food systems we need...
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CILY in cassava: not so fast

So it turns out the article the previous post on the possibility of Côte d’Ivoire lethal yellowing phytoplasma (CILY) attacking cassava in that country may have been a bit premature. Dr Lava Kumar, virologist and Head of Germplasm Health Unit
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Creating a Global Seed Conservation Directory

This form will be used to populate an online Seed Conservation Knowledge Hub – a directory of facilities, individuals, and expertise in all aspects of seed conservation. Your participation completing this form is supporting the development of a tool that
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Photographing VIR

Swiss (I think) photographer Mario Del Curto has a book out about the Vavilov Institute, called The Seeds of the Earth. I’ve just found out about it at The Eye of Photography, but there’s a better blurb on the website
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Emshwiller - Making research findings relevant and accessible in the communities where we work

Eve Emshwiller - Making research findings relevant and accessible in the communities where we work: our experience creating agrobiodiversity catalogs in th
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Crop genetic diversity in the field and on the farm: principles and applications in research practices

Crop genetic diversity in the field and on the farm: principles and applications in research practices | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Based on twenty years of global research, this is the first comprehensive reference on crop genetic diversity as it is maintained on farmland around the world. Showcasing the findings of seven experts representing the fields of ecology, crop breeding, genetics, anthropology, economics, and policy,...
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Routledge handbook of agricultural biodiversity

Routledge handbook of agricultural biodiversity | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Routledge handbook of agricultural biodiversity View/Open  Authors Hunter, D. Guarino, L Spillane, C. McKeown, P.C. Date 2017-09 Language en Type Book Review status Peer Review Accessibility Limited Access Metadata Show full item record Share Citation Hunter, D.; Guarino, L.; Spillane, C.;...
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Twenty Seed Saving Initiatives Preserving Biodiversity Around the World

Twenty Seed Saving Initiatives Preserving Biodiversity Around the World | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
http://www.resilience.org/stories/2017-08-04/twenty-seed-saving-initiatives-preserving-biodiversity-around-the-world/ By saving, exchanging, and reusing seeds over thousands of years, farmers and gardeners carefully selected crops for various traits adapted to many growing conditions and climates, creating a rich genetic plant heritage that formed the base of the global food supply. Over the last century, however, this agricultural biodiversity has undergone a rapid decline,…
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Climate change and crop diversity: farmers’ perceptions and adaptation on the Bolivian Altiplano

Climate change and crop diversity: farmers’ perceptions and adaptation on the Bolivian Altiplano View/Open  Authors Meldrum, G. Mijatovic, D. Rojas, W. Flores, J. Pinto, M. Mamani, G. Condori, E. Hilaquita, D. Gruberg, H. Padulosi, S.
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A sustainable way forward for public plant breeding

How can public plant breeding programs reap royalties and research investments while keeping their cultivars in the public domain? Good question. For some answers, see the proceedings on the 2016 Intellectual Property Rights for Public Plant Breeding Summit, released yesterday
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It’s a new bean, old bean!

Congratulations to Daniel Debouck, bean expert and erstwhile manager of the CIAT genebank, for having a new Phaseolus species named after him: The specific epithet honours Daniel G. Debouck, given his scholarly contributions, and extensive and systematic collections of wild
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Restoring agricultural systems, one field at a time

I know I Nibbled both of these things already, but I think it’s worth highlighting them again, and putting them together. I’m referring to two attempts to restore agricultural system, both, as it happens, involving sophisticated water management. Here’s billionaire
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Domesticating horsegram

The indefatigable Dorian Fuller has been even less fatigable than usual lately, with a couple of papers in the past few weeks on the history of the horsegram, Macrotyloma uniflorum. The first is a general review of the geographical, linguistic
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Agricultural innovation and resilience in a long-lived early farming community: the 1,500-year sequence at Neolithic to early Chalcolithic Çatalhöyük, central Anatolia | Anatolian Studies | Cambrid...

Agricultural innovation and resilience in a long-lived early farming community: the 1,500-year sequence at Neolithic to early Chalcolithic Çatalhöyük, central Anatolia | Anatolian Studies | Cambrid... | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Agricultural innovation and resilience in a long-lived early farming community: the 1,500-year sequence at Neolithic to early Chalcolithic Çatalhöyük, central Anatolia - Volume 67 - Amy Bogaard, Dragana Filipović, Andrew Fairbairn, Laura Green, Elizabeth Stroud, Dorian Fuller, Michael Charles

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Dorian Q Fuller's curator insight, July 19, 12:47 AM
An updated synthesis on 20 years of archaeobotanical sampling and research at Catalhoyuk, a site remarkably large for the Neolithic and long-lasting, and thus suggesting a highly effective and sustainable agricultural system. Nevertheless, there are some key shifts in the choice of staple cereals, pulses and the extent of use of wild plant foods.
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Scientists condemn expansion of industrial monocultures at expense of traditional gardens in Mexico

Scientists condemn expansion of industrial monocultures at expense of traditional gardens in Mexico | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Conservation scientists meeting in Mexico are warning that planned expansion of industrial monocultures in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula poses a threat to traditional agricultural practices that help maintain biodiversity and ecosystem function. At the conclusion of the annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), which involved 750 participants from more than 40 […]
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Ancient crops provide first archaeological signature of the westward Austronesian expansion

Ancient crops provide first archaeological signature of the westward Austronesian expansion | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The prehistoric settlement of Madagascar by people from distant Southeast Asia has long captured both scholarly and public imagination, but on the ground evidence for this colonization has eluded archaeologists for decades. Our study provides the first, to our knowledge, archaeological evidence for an early Southeast Asian presence in Madagascar and reveals that this settlement extended to the Comoros. Our findings point to a complex Malagasy settlement history and open new research avenues for linguists, geneticists, and archaeologists to further study the timing and process of this population movement. They also provide insight into early processes of Indian Ocean biological exchange and in particular, Madagascar’s floral introductions, which account for one-tenth of its current vascular plant species diversity.

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Dorian Q Fuller's curator insight, July 12, 2016 1:13 PM
This study documents that arrival of Asian rice in SE Africa and Madagascar from the 8th century AD