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Breeders committed to genetic diversity

Breeders committed to genetic diversity | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Poultry breeders need to maintain a wide range of genetic stock, even though the industry is concentrating into fewer and fewer hands. (Breeders like chicken diversity. Blogger refrains from cock and chick jokes.
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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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'Bahay Kubo' veggies thrive in school gardens - Inquirer.net

'Bahay Kubo' veggies thrive in school gardens - Inquirer.net | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Inquirer.net 'Bahay Kubo' veggies thrive in school gardens Inquirer.net “This is because we are losing our agrobiodiversity,” said Julian Gonsalves of International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) on a visit to a school garden at San Roque...
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Seeds keep vital much longer when stored without oxygen - agprofessional.com

Seeds keep vital much longer when stored without oxygen agprofessional.com This is indicated by research carried out by seed physiologists from Wageningen UR and seed experts from the Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands, a Dutch gene bank...
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Wheat everywhere

Wheat has been much in the news in the past few days. There’s been the announcement of the draft genome sequence. And some fancy gene editing from China. But I want to point to a couple of more down-stream stories.
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Seeds keep vital much longer when stored without oxygen - Phys.Org

Seeds keep vital much longer when stored without oxygen - Phys.Org | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Phys.Org Seeds keep vital much longer when stored without oxygen Phys.Org This is indicated by research carried out by seed physiologists from Wageningen UR and seed experts from the Centre for Genetic Resources, the Netherlands, a Dutch gene bank...
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Reducing micronutrient deficiencies with vitamin A-rich bananas in rural Eastern Africa

Reducing micronutrient deficiencies with vitamin A-rich bananas in rural Eastern Africa | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Beatrice Ekesa, post-doctoral fellow, Bioversity International, is working in Eastern Africa where banana forms an important part of diets. She explains her research on using banana diversity to help reduce micronutrient deficiencies.
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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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Surviving Glenda

We have finally received news of the Philippines national genebank. Teresita Borromeo, who has worked there for some years, sent us the following email: Yes, after 8 years, we were again devastated by the typhoon.
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Bringing ancient farming to life

There are pigs, sheep and goats here. Some are ancient varieties, more popular 1,400 years ago than they are today.
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The Democratic Republic of Congo home to one of the highest diversity of plantains in Africa

The Democratic Republic of Congo home to one of the highest diversity of plantains in Africa | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A series of collecting missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo reveals the extent of the country’s plantain diversity. Plantains are cooking bananas that are a staple food for millions of people in Africa and Latina America.
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Bambara groundnut goes online

Bambara groundnut goes online | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A workshop on Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea L) was co-hosted by the Crop Research Institute of Ghana and the Crops for the Future Research Centre (CFFRC) last September in Accra.
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Why conserving agrobiodiversity matters in Sri Lanka

The video by Michael Goode describes the variety of Sri Lanka's agricultural biodiversity that remains untapped and under threat. Used in home gardens in some areas of the country efforts are...
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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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