Vel Gnanendran heads the Tanzania office of DFID, the UK’s Department for International Development. He recently decided to find out as much as he could about agriculture in Tanzania, and his report is an interesting read.
It’s not clear whether it was due to her magisterial BBC programme Plants: From Roots to Riches, but Prof. Kathy Willis has won the Royal Society’s prestigious Michael Faraday Prize for excellence in communicating science to UK audiences.
Today I’m posting a piece, “Letter from Mexico: Fruits of the Oven” that I wrote back in 2001 about a visit to a traditional bakery that made frutas de horno (pastries) in the small Mexican town of Comonfort in the central state of Guanajuato.
The Convention on Biological Diversity has just published its User’s Manual on the CBD Guidelines on Biodiversity and Tourism Development. It seems very thorough, as far as it goes — but does it go far enough?
Patents are good for innovation, right? Well… In 1970 the United States recognised the potential of crop science by broadening the scope of patents in agriculture. Patents are supposed to reward inventiveness, so that should have galvanised progress.
A recent Nibble describing work in South Dakota to extend ever northward the range of the grape, including using wild relatives to breed new cold-tolerant varieties, brought back childhood memories for one of our readers: Hansen was a proponent of...
John Bamberg has explored one of the nation’s most important Native American archaeological sites, but instead of seeking clues to a past civilization, he was searching for solutions to many of the challenges facing the potato industry.Bamberg, a ...
Hot on the heels of the wheat data, here’s the contribution made by CIMMIT to new maize varieties released by India: Eight of the nine hybrids owe something to CIMMYT germplasm, as shown by the yellow highlighting.
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