Great article on improved tropical pastures by Dan Charles on NPR’s The Salt yesterday. Here’s the money quote: According to Michael Peters, who leads CIAT’s research on tropical grazing, pastures made up of these grasses can support three times more
NPR have a piece out on that interspecific perennial “wheat” that we blogged about a couple of weeks ago. Nice picture of the thing itself, and of Colin Curwen-McAdams, who co-wrote the paper involved. No sign of the name xTritipyrum
The collaborative project “Predicting climate change-induced vulnerability of African agricultural systems to major insect pests through advanced insect phenology modeling and decision aid development for adaptation planning” was led by CIP and implemented in collaboration with the International Centre of
An important announcement from Danny Hunter and Michael Halewood of Bioversity. Since publication of the first book back in 2010 the ‘Issues in Agricultural Biodiversity’ series has grown steadily. We continue to receive encouraging feedback and it is clear that
Yesterday’ post by Hugh Harries on the recent article in AramcoWord entitled Cracking Coconut’s History, by Ramin Ganeshram, elicited this response from another coconut expert, Luc Baudouin, on the coconut google group. I enjoyed reading the [article], especially the picture
Congratulations to all concerned for the launch of the catalogue of Philippine Traditional Rice Varieties. I’m reliably informed it will be available online soon. In the meantime, I’ve had the privilege of consulting a PDF, and I can confirm that
Cryopreservation consists of storing plant material in liquid nitrogen at -196 °C. A new video explains how Bioversity International is using cryopreservation to back up its banana diversity collection in Leuven, Belgium.
Couldn’t resist posting this beautiful bean, as seen on Twitter. @AgroBioDiverse @good Received some Polish Patriotic / Independence / Eagle Beans. Supposed to carry national symbol on each bean. pic.twitter.com/SYBbuDZGel — Alex Taylor (@airpotgardener) February 8, 2017 No sign of
A few days ago we posted in Brainfood a link to the paper “Toward a taxonomic definition of perennial wheat: a new species ×Tritipyrum aaseae described,” together with the comment that it wasn’t clear to us why naming a new
A couple of days, Jay Bost asked about the origin of coconuts in the Americas: Anyone ever explore possibility of dispersal of coconut to Americas by Polynesians? Given movement of sweet potato and chickens, any chance they brought coconut? The
Today is the anniversary of the death of N. I. Vavilov, whose scientific findings ran afoul of politicians. @AltUSDA_ARS @AgroBioDiverse pic.twitter.com/eYO7P5aNrm — Megan Lynch (@may_gun) January 26, 2017
Coconut expert Hugh Harries has sent us this comment on the recent article in AramcoWord entitled Cracking Coconut’s History, by Ramin Ganeshram. Amusingly illustrated and attractively written, in this article Ramin Ganeshram records that in the last few years coconut
It has been a year since wheat blast decimated wheat production in the country, and there are indications that the disease may recur this year too. Last year, farmers sustained loss to the tune of Tk 1,800 crore, up to 40 percent of total wheat yield, in eight south and southeastern districts of the country. The 'blast' strike affects the crop so quickly, within a week from the time it strikes, that it leaves farmers helpless to take any action.
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