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The value of ICARDA

The value of ICARDA | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
ICARDA is deservedly getting much traction with the press at the Doha climate change meeting with the report “Strategies for Combating Climate Change in Drylands Agriculture,” which it has produced in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program...
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Confused? You will be!

Confused? You will be! | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
There is a nice set of presentations online on what it means in practical terms for a plant germplasm collection to be Nagoya and International Treaty compliant, in this particular case in the UK.
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Einkorn: Eli Rogosa's quest to save the plant by eating it - Commons

Einkorn: Eli Rogosa's quest to save the plant by eating it Commons I contacted the head of Israel's gene bank to see about local wheat, and learned the native varieties were on the verge of extinction.
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Scientists developing super breadfruit - Matangi Tonga

Suva, Fiji: Scientists for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) are trying to develop a breadfruit (Mae) that is more productive and climate resistant.
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New paper on rice seed networks in Nepal

A new open access paper gives us a better understanding of informal seed networks in Nepal and the farmers who are most important for safeguarding and spreading the use of biodiversity.
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Mardi works to protect diversity of fruit crops - The Star Online

Mardi works to protect diversity of fruit crops - The Star Online | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Efforts are underway to revive our low number of fruit cultivars.
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KC on TV

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.
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Millet revolution in India: Let's keep up the momentum!

Millet revolution in India: Let's keep up the momentum! | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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.
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Building a European Plant Germplasm System

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).
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Mchele ni kila kitu

Mchele ni kila kitu | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Well, actually the quote in National Geographic’s blockbuster on food — The Next Green Revolution — is “Mihogo ni kila kitu,” which means “cassava is everything” in Kiswahili.
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There’s more to kiwi fruit diversity than you think

There’s more to kiwi fruit diversity than you think | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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.
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Bottleneck slides

Bottleneck slides | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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...
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New version of banana genebank information system goes live

New version of banana genebank information system goes live | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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
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Articles of new Elsevier special edition underline importance of tree genetic diversity

Articles of new Elsevier special edition underline importance of tree genetic diversity | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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...
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Australia’s very valuable new pastures genebank

A video has just surfaced about the Australian Pastures Genebank, courtesy of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), starring my mate Steve Hughes.
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The cost-benefit of Australian genebanks

We’ve now received a copy of the 2007 report to the Steering Committee of Australia’s National Genetic Resource Centre entitled “Benefit-cost analysis of the proposed National Genetic Resources Centre,” as trailed in an earlier post.
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International Year of Quinoa officially over

International Year of Quinoa officially over | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
FAO has just published a very glossy volume, somewhat unnecessarily prosaically entitled “State of the art report on quinoa around the world in 2013.” I guess it signals the official end of the International Year of Quinoa.
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Prioritizing FAO’s food composition work

Via the International Network of Food Data Systems (INFOODS) discussion list we hear from FAO’s Ruth Charrondiere that: …FAO’s “Medium Term Plan 2014-17 (reviewed) and Programme of Work and Budget 2016-17″ … states on p.21: “Nutrition: in...
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Crowdsourcing oca improvement

As any breeder will tell you at least once during any conversation you may have with them, crop improvement is a numbers game. Which makes it a very hard game for the so-called minor crops.
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GCTV16: Australian Pastures Genebank

The Australian Pastures Genebank is expected to hold 70000 grass and pasture legume varieties representing 2000 species when the various state seed collections are centralised at the APG...
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First thing, pawpaw, you gotta requisition a new name

Crowdfunding is one of the miracles of the internet age: put even the wackiest idea in front of a bajillion people and enough of them will pledge money to make it happen.
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Setting the rules of the game

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.
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CGIAR to listen — again

CGIAR to listen — again | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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...
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Is cocoa still cursed?

Is cocoa still cursed? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
It is always fun seeing what other people do with a story you’re reasonably familiar with. So it was listening to The Chocolate Curse, a recent episode of Planet Money.
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What does it cost to conserve crop diversity in Europe?

What does it cost to conserve crop diversity in Europe? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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.
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Livestock mapping comes of age

Livestock mapping comes of age | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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...
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