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Three Exhibitions Elevate the Lowly Potato at the Islip Museum

Three Exhibitions Elevate the Lowly Potato at the Islip Museum | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Three exhibitions of potato-themed art, curated by Jeffrey Allen Price at the Islip Museum, cover the spectrum, from the ridiculous to the socially relevant.
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African leafy vegetables: a nutritious income source in Benin 

African leafy vegetables: a nutritious income source in Benin  | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A new video about traditional leafy vegetables in Benin tells us about their important nutritional benefits and how they are grown, bought and sold in local food systems.
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Syrian Seeds Stored in Norway for Safekeeping - GOOD Magazine

Syrian Seeds Stored in Norway for Safekeeping - GOOD Magazine | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A team of scientists in Aleppo won an award for their efforts to preserve plant diversity.
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Listening to the fizmer

Listening to the fizmer | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A couple of weeks ago we Nibbled an article by the writer Robert Macfarlane on his decade-long effort to rescue local words for features of the British landscape from oblivion.
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Complementary potato conservation in the Parque de la Papa

Complementary potato conservation in the Parque de la Papa | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
I was in South America for the past couple of weeks, which is why blogging has been, well, slow. One of the places I visited was the Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, near Cusco in Peru, thus fulfilling a long-standing ambition.
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Nutritious, delicious and eaten in space – The State of the Art Report on Quinoa around the World

Nutritious, delicious and eaten in space – The State of the Art Report on Quinoa around the World | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
With contributions from Bioversity International scientists, a FAO report with the most up-to-date technical and scientific information on this exceptional crop is now available in English.
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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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Modeling the use of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) traditional varieties and their mixtures with commercial varieties to manage bean fly (Ophiomyia spp.) infestation in Uganda

Modeling the use of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) traditional varieties and their mixtures with commercial varieties to manage bean fly (Ophiomyia spp.) infestation in Uganda | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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'Conserve varietal diversity of crops' - The Hindu

'Conserve varietal diversity of crops' - The Hindu | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
P. Karunakaran, MP, has stressed the need to implement programmes to conserve varietal diversity, including traditional varieties of crops, to ensure sustainable agricultural development.
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More millets than you can shake a stick at

Rather good advocacy video from the Deccan Development society. Of course, you might get the impression from the film that nobody else has given millets a thought, but hey, that’s advocacy for you.
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Making agricultural research relevant: it's a mindset change

Making agricultural research relevant: it's a mindset change | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Director General M. Ann Tutwiler speaks to Devex about new partnership opportunities for Bioversity International and how researchers need to think about the relevance of their work for farmers, policymakers and other audiences.
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PM+: EU must make 'concrete contribution' on preserving global agrobiodiversity - TheParliamentMagazine.eu

PM+: EU must make 'concrete contribution' on preserving global agrobiodiversity - TheParliamentMagazine.eu | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
PM+: EU must make 'concrete contribution' on preserving global agrobiodiversity TheParliamentMagazine.eu Europe must play a leading role in the global effort to protect crop diversity, argues Marie Haga.
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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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