Not much to look at, but if you squint hard you can read the label: teff. The Food Programme from BBC Radio 4 devoted an entire programme to this ancient Ethiopian grain, new darling of “the health-conscious Western world”.
Norway's 'Doomsday Vault' holds a priceless treasure: Seeds Waterloo Record "In spite of the hard situation at Tel Hadya station, the gene bank cold rooms are still functional and Icarda's team in Syria is able to maintain the base and active...
Jewish Daily Forward Using the Genes of Israeli Wheat To Fight Climate Change Jewish Daily Forward Today, Israel has repositories for preserving this wild wheat, such as the Israeli Department of Agriculture-funded Israel Plant Gene Bank, which...
The Bioversity International Musa Germplasm Transit Centre (ITC) holds the world’s largest collection of banana (Musa spp.) germplasm. In 2013 it marked 10 years of cryopreservation. Find out more in this Annual Report story.
By freeing Musa balbisiana of infectious eBSV, virologists are once again friends with #banana breeders says Pierre-Yves Teycheney #IHC2014 — ProMusa (@promusa_banana) August 19, 2014 Well, that sounds teasingly intriguing.
The Focused Identification of Germplasm Strategy (FIGS) has been the subject of a fair number of posts here in the past couple of years. It has now clearly hit the big time, with a major workshop which got picked up by the BBC, no less.
After ten years in Hawaii at a time when sugar and pineapple still largely supported the islands’ economy, I thought I had growing tropical crops for export to the countries in the temperate regions down pat.
Australian wheat breeders select from Mexican smorgasbord ABC Online Mexico might be known as the land of avocados and tequila but it's also home to the largest wheat gene bank in the world, and for more than 40 years Australian plant breeders have...
The genome of the coffee plant Coffea canephora has been sequenced. This is a key step to decipher, at the genetic and molecular level, the traits useful to breed coffee varieties that meet the demands of growers, processors and consumers.
National Geographic’s eight-month series on food has caught up with Colin Khoury’s blockbuster paper on how many crops feed the world. The infographic on diet similarity looks ok on the printed page, I guess: But it’s way cooler online.
Another report from one of our correspondents at the International Horticultural Congress: There were some great discussions during the IHC’s workshop on global conservation strategies for horticultural crops.
The launching of FAO’s Traditional Crop of the Month with amaranth, just announced on Twitter, reminds me that I was going to post a couple of photos showing how much the crop is being used nowadays in Kenya.