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Top Genomes of 2012

Top Genomes of 2012 | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
What researchers learned as they dug through some of the most interesting genomes sequenced this year (RT @MartineBotany: Top Genomes of 2012 from The Scientist Magazine® http://t.co/wT9PVwrF via...
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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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'Gene bank' idea won't save fish - HeraldNet

'Gene bank' idea won't save fish
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Regarding the editorial, “Saving state's wild steelhead”: I'm tired of hearing about the gene idea; makes me want to puke!
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Uncovering spatial patterns in the natural and human history of Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa) across the Amazon Basin

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How do you do biofortification?

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.
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Crop wild relatives and climate change

Crop wild relatives and climate change | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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.
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Orcadian bere in Canada shock

Orcadian bere in Canada shock | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Beremeal is an earthy, nutty and nutrient-rich flour made from bere, an ancient six-row barley.
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Getting into the weeds on wheat genotyping

Getting into the weeds on wheat genotyping | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
I don’t know about you, but I usually skip the methods section of genotyping studies. I know I shouldn’t, but life is way too short. Mostly, I just need the answer.
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Stimulating demand for nutritious diverse foods in the Barotse Floodplain, Zambia

Stimulating demand for nutritious diverse foods in the Barotse Floodplain, Zambia | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Community members showcase diverse traditional foods with a nutritious twist at the Barotse Food Fair
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Deploying crowdsourcing and seed diversity in disaster recovery efforts in Nepal

Deploying crowdsourcing and seed diversity in disaster recovery efforts in Nepal | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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.
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Mapping responsible soy irresponsibly

Mapping responsible soy irresponsibly | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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?
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So beautiful, so strange - Deutsche Welle

So beautiful, so strange - Deutsche Welle | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.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.
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New seeds for India, but from where?

New seeds for India, but from where? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Surprising, though in a good way, to see a Government of India press release listing newly-released flood and drought resistant varieties of a number of staple and crash crops.
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Australian Grains Genebank built for extreme temperatures - Brisbane Times

Australian Grains Genebank built for extreme temperatures - Brisbane Times | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The Australian Grains Genebank is cleverly designed to ensure an optimum temperature for seed storage.
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Searching for Rose Honey

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.
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From the Maldives to New Jersey

From the Maldives to New Jersey | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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...
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Averting palm oil devastation in Latin America - GreenBiz

Averting palm oil devastation in Latin America - GreenBiz | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Food producers and environmentalists hope the booming Latin American palm oil plantations will decide to save their lands from devastating deforestation.
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Early agriculture in the Old and New Worlds

Early agriculture in the Old and New Worlds | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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.
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“Tomatillos silvestres, tomatillos silvestres.”

A short Smithsonian.com piece by Barry Estabrook does a really outstanding job of describing – no, explaining — the conservation and use of crop wild relatives to a lay audience. It’s all there.
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Nutritional yield in the spotlight

Nutritional yield in the spotlight | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
I don’t know if Jeremy was aware that our friend Dr Jess Fanzo had a paper in the works on the topic when he asked a few days ago “How would you measure agricultural production?
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Partnership to advance potato genome research - agprofessional.com

Partnership to advance potato genome research - agprofessional.com | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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...
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ICRISAT DG on the importance of genebanks

ICRISAT DG on the importance of genebanks | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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.
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Matching seeds to needs in the aftermath of the Nepal Earthquakes

Matching seeds to needs in the aftermath of the Nepal Earthquakes | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Bioversity International scientists report from Nepal on the importance of considering farmer preferences when replenishing seed stocks lost in the earthquakes.
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ICRAF in forage shrub germplasm giveaway

ICRAF in forage shrub germplasm giveaway | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
I liked this idea from the World Agroforestry Centre’s Facebook page:
World Agroforestry Centre through its Rural Advisory Services (RAS) unit is doing research on innovative ways of reaching farmers.
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Charles puts in some graft to save the apple - The Sunday Times

Charles puts in some graft to save the apple - The Sunday Times | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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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BBC: France acts against olive disease outbreak in Corsica (2015)

BBC: France acts against olive disease outbreak in Corsica (2015) | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

A bacterial infection ravaging olive trees in the far south of Italy has spread to Corsica, where emergency measures are being implemented.

 

Xylella fastidiosa, spread by insects, was found at Propriano in southern Corsica. The bacterium can also attack citrus trees and vineyards.

 

France has destroyed plants around the infected bush found in Propriano.

 

Xylella is one of the biggest disease threats to plants worldwide, the European Commission says.

 

There is no effective treatment for infected plants and new Commission regulations say the only solution is to destroy them and establish Xylella-free buffer zones around them.

 

Corsica - a Mediterranean island near Italy - has a small olive oil industry, with about 500 employees and more than 2,000ha (4,940 acres) of trees.

 

But the bacterium is a threat to about 300 plant species. It was first detected on the island last week.

 

On Wednesday France's Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll visited Propriano and pledged "a total commitment" to isolating the outbreak.

 

French authorities suspect that the bacterium arrived via a ferry from the nearby Italian island of Sardinia.

 

French health inspectors are checking ferry passengers arriving at the small Corsican port of Bonifacio, in an effort to prevent any further Xylella contamination.


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Plant breeding for sustainable agriculture

Plant breeding for sustainable agriculture | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
From a useful public awareness pamphlet on the importance of plant breeding, courtesy of the British Society of Plant Breeders.
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