Well… First, plant breeders screen thousands of different types of crop seed stored in global seed banks to discover varieties with naturally higher amounts of micronutrients. Nicely, and all too rarely, said.
With contributions from Bioversity International scientists, a new book published by Wiley-Blackwell explores the contribution of crop wild relatives for a more resilient and productive agriculture in the face of climate change.
With an urgent need for seed in remote farming regions, this second report from Nepal explains why Bioversity International and partners are using a crowdsourcing approach to understand farmers’ preferences for varieties in four project sites.
Good thinking by the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) to map where it is most — and least — environmentally responsible to extend soy cultivation in South America. “An interesting exercise, isn’t it?
Fruits and vegetables are sorted before they are sold. What does not come up to a certain standard is discarded. Photographer Uli Westphal takes photos of the rejected goods, so that we can remember how they really are.
We have on occasion blogged about “European” crops (and indeed livestock) being grown far from home, and how that sometimes serves to save varieties that have, for whatever reason, been lost back in the old country.
This photo accompanies a Facebook post on the page of the Experimental Farm Network, an initiative “dedicated to facilitating participatory plant breeding and other collaborative agricultural projects.” Now, I don’t understand Facebook enough to...
Last week saw the publication of a couple of papers about early agriculture in two very different regions which will probably have people talking for quite a while. From Snir et al. came a study of pre-Neolithic cultivation in the Near East.
agprofessional.com Partnership to advance potato genome research agprofessional.com The International Potato Center (CIP), a global agricultural research and development organization, member of the CGIAR Consortium, and custodian of the world's...
There’s a great blog post up on the ICRISAT website from its new Director General, Dr David Bergvinson. It basically says, though not in so many words, that the centre’s germplasm collections are the foundation of all its crop improvement work.
The Sunday Times Charles puts in some graft to save the apple The Sunday Times THE Prince of Wales is growing 1,000 different varieties of rare and historic apple trees at his country estate to serve as a “gene bank” to protect the future of...
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