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Bread wheat genome rises

It’s a good day for cereal genomes. Nature offers both bread wheat and barley, and they’re both open access. That’s great; you can read them yourself and draw your own conclusions.
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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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How to measure the sustainability of diets

How to measure the sustainability of diets | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A new open access paper, co-authored by Bioversity International scientist Thomas Allen, outlines for the first time an approach to develop metrics and guidelines to measure the sustainability of diets. ...
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Surviving Typhoon Rammasun

There’s sad news of much damage, and some loss of life, in the wake of Typhoon Rammasun as it travels across the Philippines.
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Yam secrets revealed

Yam secrets revealed | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
I ran across an interesting article in The National newspaper last week in PNG, but I can’t find it online, so I’m posting a scan of it below. You should be able to read it ok if you click on it. It’s worth it.
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If life gives you potatoes…

If life gives you potatoes… | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
This from the Facebook page of the Consorcio Papas Andinas del Peru. The caption says: Pronto, en los mejores Supermercados de Lima, en una edición limitada, de las mejores papas de los Festivales 2012, 2013 y 2014.
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What does a bonnet gourd look like?

Tucker on 'Bonnet Gourds', 1874: "the women in the Southern States split it and made up very pretty and useful head coverings or bonnets" — Kew Gardens DC Team (@KewDC) July 14, 2014 This seems to refer to Luffa, but does anyone have photos?
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Canada at Brazil 2014 after all

As you watch the World Cup final, which is due to start any minute now, reflect on the fact that the players will be running up and down, as they have been throughout the tournament, on local Bermuda grass overseeded with perennial ryegrass...
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A methodological approach to work with custodian farmers | Platform ...

A methodological approach to work with custodian farmers | Platform ... | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Working together to improve knowledge of agrobiodiversity maintenance and use. Home · About us · History · Objectives · Approach and Guiding .... Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research. The overall goal of the Platform for ...
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An e-atlas for the ages

An e-atlas for the ages | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
I do love maps. I love looking through atlases, even their faintly ridiculous 21st century incarnation, the e-atlas.
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Purslane possibilities

Purslane possibilities | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Sharp-eyed readers may remember a recent Nibble about somewhat quixotic efforts to promote cultivation and consumption of purslane (Portulaca oleracea) in the US, driven more by necessity than conviction.
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Searching Genesys: The Video

Searching Genesys: The Video | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Genesys is trialling an improved data filtering mechanism. Say you want to find Aegilops tauschii from Armenia with frost tolerance. Go to Browse and play around with the Filter button.
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Inadequate power nearly ruined NACGRAB's gene banks —CEO - Nigerian Tribune

Inadequate power nearly ruined NACGRAB's gene banks —CEO - Nigerian Tribune | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Nigerian Tribune Inadequate power nearly ruined NACGRAB's gene banks —CEO Nigerian Tribune So, we always maintain regular power here, even if it means going on credit facilities, because we cannot afford any lapse or interruption to the gene bank...
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Important steps towards a global strategy for coconut conservation and use

Coconut-producing countries and international organizations meet in Sri Lanka from 13-16 July to discuss the future of coconut genetic resources conservation. The meeting is organized by the International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT).
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Reviving heritage grains - what is the next quinoa?

Reviving heritage grains - what is the next quinoa? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Bioversity International scientist, Stefano Padulosi, urges diversification of our food basket if we are to sustain ever-growing populations in a National Geographic article.
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Bananas galore

Bananas galore | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Rosa would certainly have welcomed a great new catalogue of some 50 banana varieties from the Solomon Islands by Gabriel Sachter-Smith, put out by ProMusa. The varieties on the cover are Broken Heart, Ruhuvia Chichi and Ba’u Lalao.
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New video on crop wild relatives

New video on crop wild relatives | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
What role do crop wild relatives play in making agriculture more sustainable in the face of climate change? Find out in this video featuring scientists Ehsan Dulloo, Bioversity International, and Nigel Maxted, University of Birmingham.
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What the Roman Empire Knew About Food Miles

What the Roman Empire Knew About Food Miles | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Provisioning Rome, one of the world’s largest cities, if not the largest with as many as a million people by about 55 B.C., was one of the greatest challenges of the Ancient World.
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The latest on the Bogia Coconut Syndrome

The latest on the Bogia Coconut Syndrome | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The main reason for my quick trip to Papua New Guinea last week was to get up to date on Bogia Coconut Syndrome (BCS). Readers with a long(ish) memory may remember that we blogged about this some time back.
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Remembering Rosa Kambuou

Remembering Rosa Kambuou | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
It was with enormous sadness that I learned last week of the passing away of my friend and colleague Rosa Kambuou. Rosa was for many years the leader of Papua New Guinea’s plant genetic resources programme.
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G20 chief ag scientists eat, shoot and leave

The reaction by the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture (AIRCA) to the communiqué put out by G20 chief agricultural scientists after their latest meeting in June in Australia brings up some good points, but...
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Food: Farming is Only the Beginning

Food: Farming is Only the Beginning | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
If there’s one point I find myself making over and over and over again about food, it’s that farming is only the beginning. So do take a look at this great piece in the New Yorker by Nicky Twilley.
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In memory of Sergey Alexanian

In memory of Sergey Alexanian | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
We would like to take a moment to celebrate the life of Dr Sergey Alexanian, a good friend and colleague of the N.I. Vavilov Research Institute of Plant Industry who recently passed away.
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What is in a banana name?

What is in a banana name? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Bioversity International’s global list of banana cultivar names hopes to help scientists sort out the crop’s taxonomy. Available on the ProMusa website, the list is highlighted in the Hortax Cultivated Plant Taxonomy News.
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Fascinating insight into rice breeding in the Philippines - Irish Farmers Journal

Fascinating insight into rice breeding in the Philippines Irish Farmers Journal When IRRI was established over 50 years ago, a gene bank was set up in order to gather, catalogue and protect the various lines of traditional, modern and wild rice...
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Birmingham University's Chinese partnership to create new research centre - Birmingham Post

Birmingham University's Chinese partnership to create new research centre - Birmingham Post | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Birmingham Post Birmingham University's Chinese partnership to create new research centre Birmingham Post The JCEO will specialise in automated ultra-high-throughput sample processing in a facility jointly operated with the BGI China National...
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Farmer-selected local varieties certified in Mali

Farmer-selected local varieties certified in Mali | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Celebrate with us the recent seed certification of eight local crop varieties produced by farmers in Mali, made possible by the work of Bioversity International and partners through seed fairs and Diversity Field Fora.
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