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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, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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ICARDA seeds safe

As we again hear about fighting in and around the headquarters of ICARDA near Aleppo, it is at least some measure of consolation that a further consignment of seeds from the genebank has made it to Svalbard.
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PNAS special feature on domestication surfaces

Those of you looking for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences big special feature on “The Modern View of Domestication” won’t find it at the URL we previously cited. Twice. You will, however, find it here.
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When the Rains Slowed: Food and Hunger in Tanzania

When the Rains Slowed: Food and Hunger in Tanzania | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The mostly failed gardens, lack of food, and traditional Maasai culture cause stunting in Maasai children.
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Want to reboot civilization? What you’ll need - The Boston Globe

Want to reboot civilization? What you’ll need - The Boston Globe | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
When you’re looking down the barrel of a civilization-erasing event, you have to plan for a world where humanity has lost everything. Canned goods might be nice, but you’d better have brought along a can opener—or know how to make one.
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Rural ‘environmental income’ on par with crop income, study finds

Rural ‘environmental income’ on par with crop income, study finds | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Natural forests and wildlands across 58 tropical research sites provide 28 percent of total household income — nearly as much as crops — according to a new study.
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A little something to consider for Easter

A little something to consider for Easter | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
This picture, by Giotto, is a small part of the sumptuous Scrovegni Chapel in Padua. It shows the Wedding at Cana.
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France's silent tea revolution

France's silent tea revolution | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Tea-drinking is becoming ever more popular in France, although history shows that the beverage has long been taken on the continent. (RT @historecipes: On the rise of drinking tea in France (though it's not really as new as the article suggests).
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Vicia video prOn for gardeners

AoB blog linked to the YouTube version of this short film on a year (almost) in the life of a broad bean. Having watched it, I decided it was worth searching out a better quality version, which I duly found.
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Video de un año de vida de un haba

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Chili Say What? Linguistics Help Pinpoint Pepper's Origins

Chili Say What? Linguistics Help Pinpoint Pepper's Origins | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
It turns out the first chili peppers were grown by humans in eastern Mexico. And it's not the same region where beans and corn were first grown, according to new ways of evaluating evidence.
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Five steps to food security heaven

National Geographic has a five-step solution to feeding the world. Step one is stopping deforestation, or, more accurately, stop expanding agriculture into the areas which are providing the ecosystem services which agriculture needs.
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Uber Tubers: Welcome to the International Potato Center - Modern Farmer

Uber Tubers: Welcome to the International Potato Center - Modern Farmer | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The potato is the world’s third largest food source, behind rice and wheat, and a staple for more than a billion people. And Peru's International Potato Center is working hard to make sure that potatoes stay with us.
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The naughty wild beefalo bugging the Grand Canyon

The naughty wild beefalo bugging the Grand Canyon | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A 400-strong herd of beefalo – yes, this cross between a domestic bull and a wild bison really does exist – is damaging the vegetation and polluting the water (RT @mem_somerville: "The naughty wild beefalo bugging the Grand Canyon"
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Noah's Ark for bananas 

Noah's Ark for bananas  | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The Independent highlights the importance of the world’s largest collection of banana germplasm, held in trust in Belgium and managed by Bioversity International.
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A one-step approach to clarify the origin of crop species

We asked Dr Dan Brock to break down his paper on the domestication of Jerusalem Artichoke. Thanks, Dan. Sandy Knapp has also had her say on this. Who needs the full text of papers these days.
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China Considers Hard Time for Eating Endangered Species

China Considers Hard Time for Eating Endangered Species | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Chinese legislators are discussing draft regulations to clarify that people who dine on protected animals could face prison terms (RT @lisduarte: RT @BW: China becomes more strict on eating endangered species: http://t.co/VkwOFZXl6w)...
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An essential green investment

Kew Gardens – the Royal Botanic Gardens – is an extraordinary combination of public pleasure garden, historic institution, architectural marvel and world-class research centre.
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Saffron: the brightly coloured spice from crocus flowers

Saffron: the brightly coloured spice from crocus flowers | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice by weight. Its vibrant orange-red colour means that as well as being used for flavouring food, it can also be used to dye fabric. Saffron comes from the ...
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I decide soiling my hands

“The book showed how ninjas trained by jumping over cannabis plants,” Takayasu says. “Every day they had to leap higher and higher because cannabis grows very quickly.
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Of cows, camels and 'charity insurance' on Kenya's Somali frontier--The Economist

Of cows, camels and 'charity insurance' on Kenya's Somali frontier--The Economist | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Insuring animals who range with semi-nomadic herders across some of the harshest terrain on earth had defeated all previous efforts. Eventually he came across the work of a Kenyan economist, Andrew...
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Putting land tenure and agroforestry at the heart of a sustainable future - Forests Asia

Putting land tenure and agroforestry at the heart of a sustainable future - Forests Asia | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
This story was originally published on the website of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), which will host a session titled Governance: Governing access and securing rights to land and resources at the Forests Asia Summit in Jakarta, May 5 to 6,...
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Open source seeds are now for real. Again.

The Open Source Seeds Initiative is actually sending out seed as of this week, according to a press release from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Quinoa in Washington State

Kevin Murphy wants to steal their livelihoods from under the noses of poor Bolivian farmers. No, wait … Kevin Murphy wants to allow Bolivian farmers to improve their nutrition by enabling them to eat the quinoa they grow instead of selling it.
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Saving Our Seeds

Saving Our Seeds | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
In this video, a public library in Wisconsin joins the global movement to help secure the future of our food supply.
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Wheat, Glorious Wheat

Wheat, Glorious Wheat | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
One of the great things about working on “food” is that it’s such a huge and various subject. This past week I was lucky enough to be one of 700 people from 56 different countries attending the Borlaug100 conference in Obregon, Mexico.
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A food historian at CIMMYT

Noted food historian Rachel Laudan was at the recent Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security in Obregón, Mexico, organized by CIMMYT to celebrate 100 years of Norman Borlaug, and what an inspired decision it was to invite her.
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