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Supermarket Sweep: how connecting rural farmers to global markets can stem the tide of urban migration

Supermarket Sweep: how connecting rural farmers to global markets can stem the tide of urban migration | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Improved natural resource management for livelihoods, food security and the natural environment (@Toby_Bruce This may be relevant http://t.co/i4bj2JnD...)...
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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Report on farming in Tanzania

Vel Gnanendran heads the Tanzania office of DFID, the UK’s Department for International Development. He recently decided to find out as much as he could about agriculture in Tanzania, and his report is an interesting read.
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Preserving the canon of taste

Fascinating article in Aeon magazine by Jill Neimark, exploring the role of specific, older varieties in the experience of taste. I won’t steal her thunder here, just urge you to read it.
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Prize for plants programme

It’s not clear whether it was due to her magisterial BBC programme Plants: From Roots to Riches, but Prof. Kathy Willis has won the Royal Society’s prestigious Michael Faraday Prize for excellence in communicating science to UK audiences.
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SDGs recognize agrobiodiversity and genebanks

SDGs recognize agrobiodiversity and genebanks | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The final version (pdf) of the Post-2015 Development Agenda was posted online about a day or so back after an all-nighter in New York.
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Princely state of the British apple

Our readers have known for some years now that HRH Prince Charles has taken over a collection of apple varieties. Not so readers of the Sunday Times, apparently.
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Fruits of the Oven: Pastries

Fruits of the Oven: Pastries | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Today I’m posting a piece, “Letter from Mexico: Fruits of the Oven” that I wrote back in 2001 about a visit to a traditional bakery that made frutas de horno (pastries) in the small Mexican town of Comonfort in the central state of Guanajuato.
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Phenological diversity for nutrition

Phenological diversity for nutrition | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A recent blog post by the World Agroforestry Centre described their idea of a phenologically varied “fruit tree portfolio” to provide nutrition throughout the year.
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Prince Charles plants 1000 varieties of apples - FreshPlaza

Prince Charles plants 1000 varieties of apples - FreshPlaza | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
FreshPlaza is the number one portal for the fresh produce industry, offering the latest news, job advertisements, pricewatch, and photo albums
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Genomically speaking - OUPblog (blog)

Genomically speaking - OUPblog (blog) | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Today, the amount of global genetic data is doubling on the order of every seven months. This time span has shortened significantly over the past years as the field of genomics continues to mature.
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Tourism and conservation

Tourism and conservation | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The Convention on Biological Diversity has just published its User’s Manual on the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development. It seems very thorough, as far as it goes — but does it go far enough?
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The impact pathways of international genebanks

The impact pathways of international genebanks | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
This analysis does not attempt, in any manner, to undermine the significance of the exotic germplasm material received by India during the course of time, irrespective of the source.
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Organic space lettuce

Organic space lettuce | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Fresh food grown in the microgravity environment of space officially is on the menu for the first time for NASA astronauts on the International Space Station.
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Patently broken?

Patents are good for innovation, right? Well…
In 1970 the United States recognised the potential of crop science by broadening the scope of patents in agriculture. Patents are supposed to reward inventiveness, so that should have galvanised progress.
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Mmm, Beer: Brewers Are on a Quest to Breed a Better Hop - Wired

Mmm, Beer: Brewers Are on a Quest to Breed a Better Hop - Wired | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A geneticist and a brewery in Nova Scotia have teamed up to breed a mildew-resistant version of their favorite hops.
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John Payne's curator insight, August 13, 11:22 AM

There's no knowing, going into a project like this, just which genes might turn out to be useful.  You bring together varieties which each exhibit one or more of the traits you're looking for and put them together, maybe even making sure that they cross by applying pollen from one to the pistils of another, collect the seed, use it to plant the next crop, select plants from it that seem to be headed in the right direction, collect their seed, and so forth, iterating until you have all of those target traits combined in individual plants.  It's time-consuming, tedious work, perfectly suited for robots!

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EU springs into action on olive plague

That whole Xylella fastidiosa attacking olives in Puglia story? Shit just got real. The French are burning trees in Corsica. And the European Commission has come out with a factsheet.
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Ghana to develop vegetables, but which ones?

A new regional laboratory in Ghana is seeking to develop the vegetable industry through research, development and innovation to improve food and nutritional security in West Africa.
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Brittle rachis in barley, in one diagram

Brittle rachis in barley, in one diagram | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Oh gosh, I’m really liking this graphical abstract idea. But would it have killed them to have a map in the background?
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Agrobiodiversity illustrated then and now

Agrobiodiversity illustrated then and now | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
There really is nothing like photos of agricultural biodiversity to set the pulse racing. Well, at least in our weird little corner of cyberspace.
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Uzbek farmers get a livelihood boost from local fruit tree conservation

Uzbek farmers get a livelihood boost from local fruit tree conservation | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
After five years of activity, an impact assessment reveals a positive trend in livelihoods linked to increased conservation and use of Uzbekistan’s and its Central Asian neighbors’ fruit trees.
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Frozen fruits

A recent Nibble describing work in South Dakota to extend ever northward the range of the grape, including using wild relatives to breed new cold-tolerant varieties, brought back childhood memories for one of our readers: Hansen was a proponent of...
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M. Ann Tutwiler reflects on the Papal Encyclical

M. Ann Tutwiler reflects on the Papal Encyclical | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
In her latest blog, M. Ann Tutwiler reflects on the key messages given in the recent Papal Encyclical about the importance of biodiversity to meet human needs.
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Researchers use wild potatoes to develop better hybrids - Capital press

Researchers use wild potatoes to develop better hybrids - Capital press | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
John Bamberg has explored one of the nation’s most important Native American archaeological sites, but instead of seeking clues to a past civilization, he was searching for solutions to many of the challenges facing the potato industry.Bamberg, a ...
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Many happy returns

Many happy returns | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A very happy birthday to MS Swaminathan, Father of the Green Revolution in India. How many people get a hashtag on their birthday?
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Maize too

Hot on the heels of the wheat data, here’s the contribution made by CIMMIT to new maize varieties released by India:
Eight of the nine hybrids owe something to CIMMYT germplasm, as shown by the yellow highlighting.
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