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The Life Cycle of Wheat Stem Rust

The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative Presents: The Life Cycle of Wheat Stem Rust.
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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Mexican genebank full of Aussie promise - Agriculture - Cropping - General News - Stock & Land

Mexican genebank full of Aussie promise - Agriculture - Cropping - General News - Stock & Land | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
FOR Richard Trethowan, having access to the largest wheat genebank in the world is akin to giving a child free rein in a lolly shop.
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Research shows vast differences in livestock systems, diets and emissions--FCRN on PNAS paper

Research shows vast differences in livestock systems, diets and emissions--FCRN on PNAS paper | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Tara Garnet, of the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN), at Oxford University, recently highlighted a paper published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The pa...
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Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Methane from livestock accounts for a huge portion of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, according to a UN report. But reducing global meat consumption isn't necessarily the answer to the problem.
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World Wildlife Fund’s Dr Brendan Fisher on improving fish diversity and conservation agriculture in Mozambique : Soapbox Science

World Wildlife Fund’s Dr Brendan Fisher on improving fish diversity and conservation agriculture in Mozambique : Soapbox Science | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @NatureBlogs: Brendan Fisher @WWFscience on improving fish diversity & conservation agriculture - Mozambique http://t.co/gL01o1K0W3 http…
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Where in the world is Luigi Guarino?

Where in the world is Luigi Guarino? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The moment he (and we) have been waiting for: #luigigoestosvalbard. Let’s get that #hashtag trending.
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Real hippies drink beer made from tree branches

Real hippies drink beer made from tree branches | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
This beer funds a Saskatchewan trail's expansion, and it tastes like NATURE! (RT @JSTORPlants: After work, have a beer made from tree branches! (only if you're in Saskatoon).
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Let's sing the praises of taxonomists, who help us make sense of our world

Tim Entwisle: Which species can we afford to lose? What crops will help us survive climate change? Which plants do we need to produce oxygen for us to breathe?
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Yield Trends Are Insufficient to Double Global Crop Production by 2050

Yield Trends Are Insufficient to Double Global Crop Production by 2050 | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
PLOS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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Andres Zurita's curator insight, April 6, 8:06 AM

Several studies have shown that global crop production needs to double by 2050 to meet the projected demands from rising population, diet shifts, and increasing biofuels consumption. Boosting crop yields to meet these rising demands, rather than clearing more land for agriculture has been highlighted as a preferred solution to meet this goal. However, we first need to understand how crop yields are changing globally, and whether we are on track to double production by 2050. Using ~2.5 million agricultural statistics, collected for ~13,500 political units across the world, we track four key global crops—maize, rice, wheat, and soybean—that currently produce nearly two-thirds of global agricultural calories. We find that yields in these top four crops are increasing at 1.6%, 1.0%, 0.9%, and 1.3% per year, non-compounding rates, respectively, which is less than the 2.4% per year rate required to double global production by 2050. At these rates global production in these crops would increase by ~67%, ~42%, ~38%, and ~55%, respectively, which is far below what is needed to meet projected demands in 2050. We present detailed maps to identify where rates must be increased to boost crop production and meet rising demands.

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Mexican genebank full of Aussie promise - The Land Newspaper

Mexican genebank full of Aussie promise The Land Newspaper FOR Australian wheat breeding specialist Richard Trethowan, having access to the largest wheat genebank in the world through the CIMMYT research organisation in Mexico is akin to giving a...
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Agricultural biodiversity where you least expect it

Agricultural biodiversity where you least expect it | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Continuing our in-depth treatment of The Economist’s (unwitting?) coverage of agricultural biodiversity, two items in the most recent issue.
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Want to Know Where Ingredients in a Recipe Originated? Try This.

For the past few weeks I’ve been corresponding with Wilfried Hou Je Bek who has an interesting off-beat blog called Cryptoforestry. He’s been developing some nifty tools that might be of interest to many readers of this blog.
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Humulus lupulus: the plant beer brewers are hopping mad for

Humulus lupulus: the plant beer brewers are hopping mad for | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
If you are a beer drinker you owe a lot to April’s organism Humulus lupulus (hop), because it is widely used to flavour and preserve beer. Humulus lupulus is a herbaceous climbing plant native to E...
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Climate change report presents clear picture of need for solutions — a look at how agricultural biodiversity can contribute

Climate change report presents clear picture of need for solutions — a look at how agricultural biodiversity can contribute | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
In the race against the affects of climate change, we need to use and conserve agricultural biodiversity for our sustainable food secure future - M. Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International, calls for action in light of IPCC report.
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Ensuring the survival of the rarest - Yorkshire Post

Ensuring the survival of the rarest - Yorkshire Post | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Yorkshire Post Ensuring the survival of the rarest Yorkshire Post The RBST's National Gene Bank made it possible to breed the Vaynol with semen from a bull which died 14 years ago, a resource which dramatically increases the chances of saving...
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Post-IPCC, we have missed the glimmers of hope on the ground

Post-IPCC, we have missed the glimmers of hope on the ground | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
When it comes to climate change and food security, we're accustomed to bad news.
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‘Pirate’ Fishing Accounts for up to 33% of US Wild Fish Imports—Study

‘Pirate’ Fishing Accounts for up to 33% of US Wild Fish Imports—Study | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Between one-fifth and one-third of all the wild-caught seafood that comes into the United States may be caught by vessels engaging in “pirate” fishing, a new report says.The leading seafood trade association disputes the numbers in the study but...
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Is more hunger and malnutrition inevitable? Not necessarily

Is more hunger and malnutrition inevitable? Not necessarily | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Investment in agricultural innovation could help avert a coming climate-induced food crisis (RT @rivtounde: Genebanks provide new opportunities to rapidly generate new breeds of #crops & #livestock: http://t.co/LVF6up9Nk1...
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Three Hundred Things to do with a Peanut

Three Hundred Things to do with a Peanut | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Like many crops the peanut is completely unknown as a wild plant and was probably produced by the natural hybridisation of two different species of uncultivated ancestors. This event which probably...
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Global food security: could wheat feed the world?

Global food security: could wheat feed the world? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Donors, businesses and research groups have united to pledge to boost wheat yields by 50% in the next 20 years. Rob Dawson explains why and how (RT @cgiarclimate: Global food security: could wheat feed the world?
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diana buja's curator insight, April 7, 11:27 PM

Who is goihg to do the distributional marketing...? 

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FAO - News Article: UN Rome-based agencies reveal food security and nutrition targets for post-2015 agenda

FAO - News Article: UN Rome-based agencies reveal food security and nutrition targets for post-2015 agenda | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @FAOAfrica: UN Rome-based agencies reveal food security and nutrition targets for post-2015 agenda. http://t.co/XijvQiqso5 #Post2015 #UN…
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Israel Plant Gene Bank | Yad Hanadiv

Full Page Content Description: The introduction of modern agricultural technology has led to the decline and loss of many landraces indigenous to Israel.
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An action plan to conserve and use the diversity of Mesoamerica

An action plan to conserve and use the diversity of Mesoamerica | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Bioversity International has been working with over 100 stakeholders to develop this 10-year action plan to strengthen the role of plant genetic resources in adapting to climate change in Mesoamerica.
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Dog gone: scientists confirm the dingo is a unique species

Dog gone: scientists confirm the dingo is a unique species | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Since the arrival of westerners in Australia more than 200 years ago, the dingo has been known as Australia's native dog. But it turns out that our native mutt is not really a mutt.
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TreesIndia

TreesIndia | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Contribute, participate to make IndiaTrees the best web source for information on trees in India. (RT @inbiodiversity: Come help us map the trees of India. Join the Neighborhood Trees Campaign!!
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Inside The Emerging World Of Insect Cuisine

Inside The Emerging World Of Insect Cuisine | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Bugs are coming to your table. You might as well learn how to cook them well. A series of new cookbooks and food projects will tell you how. We spoke... (RT @FastCoExist: Inside the emerging world of insect cuisine.
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