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).
I love photos of weird plants, and the Facebook group Rare Fruit-Rare Edible Plants is a great place to find them. Once in a while, you even get a photo of diversity in a weird plant, which is even better.
Try and find an illustration of the domestication bottleneck — to put in a slide for a presentation, say — and likely as not you end up with some variation on a classic theme, this particular version being from the great Teacher-Friendly Guide to...
Great to see a new version of the Musa Germplasm Information System (MGIS) released. The URL is unchanged. The key improvements are listed as follows (slightly edited): 1. All information on a single accession can be viewed in one page 2.
Judy Loo reflects on the recently published open-access special issue of Forest Ecology and Management – a publication that alongside the Global Plan of Action will guide informed action to conserve and sustainably use precious tree genetic...
As much as 75 percent of global seed diversity in staple food crops is held and actively used by a wide range of small farmholders—workers of less than three to seven acres—with the rest in gene banks, according to a Penn State geographer.
Witch’s broom. Frosty pod. Horse hair blight. No, those aren’t medieval hexes—they’re modern diseases that plague cacao trees, creating a worldwide chocolate shortage that experts say will only get worse.
We’re delighted to publish today a guest post from Gabi Everett. Gabi is an MSc student in Cristobal Uauy’s research group at the John Innes Centre. We hope this is the first of many contributions from her.
There are “cross-cutting topics of global importance — women and youth; climate change; and capacity development — [that] will systematically strengthen and build coherence in research across all domains and Intermediate Development Outcomes...
There’s a document on the NordGen website entitled Towards a European Plant Germplasm System — The third way which advocates setting up a “European Plant Germplasm System” along the lines of the US National Plant Germplasm System.
For your information, we have been beavering away since then, collecting more recent and detailed sub-national livestock statistics and disaggregating these using a slightly modified modelling approach, and 1 km multi-temporal, Fourier-processed...
RTCC Climate change threatens staple potato crop in high Andes RTCC The creation of the Potato Park dates back from 1997 when an NGO called Andes Association promoted the conservation of the indigenous heritage regarding local rights, livelihoods...
Last week The Economist carried an article about kokumi, a putative sixth flavour longing to take its place alongside umami. In it, I read that: Dr Sasano supplemented the diets of his volunteers with kombucha, an umami-rich infusion of kelp.
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