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Repeated polyploidization of Gossypium genomes and the evolution of spinnable cotton fibres

Repeated polyploidization of Gossypium genomes and the evolution of spinnable cotton fibres | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Polyploidy often confers emergent properties, such as the higher fibre productivity and quality of tetraploid cottons than diploid cottons bred for the same environments.
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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Vicia video prOn for gardeners

AoB blog linked to the YouTube version of this short film on a year (almost) in the life of a broad bean. Having watched it, I decided it was worth searching out a better quality version, which I duly found.
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Video de un año de vida de un haba

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Chili Say What? Linguistics Help Pinpoint Pepper's Origins

Chili Say What? Linguistics Help Pinpoint Pepper's Origins | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
It turns out the first chili peppers were grown by humans in eastern Mexico. And it's not the same region where beans and corn were first grown, according to new ways of evaluating evidence.
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Five steps to food security heaven

National Geographic has a five-step solution to feeding the world. Step one is stopping deforestation, or, more accurately, stop expanding agriculture into the areas which are providing the ecosystem services which agriculture needs.
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Uber Tubers: Welcome to the International Potato Center - Modern Farmer

Uber Tubers: Welcome to the International Potato Center - Modern Farmer | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The potato is the world’s third largest food source, behind rice and wheat, and a staple for more than a billion people. And Peru's International Potato Center is working hard to make sure that potatoes stay with us.
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The naughty wild beefalo bugging the Grand Canyon

The naughty wild beefalo bugging the Grand Canyon | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A 400-strong herd of beefalo – yes, this cross between a domestic bull and a wild bison really does exist – is damaging the vegetation and polluting the water (RT @mem_somerville: "The naughty wild beefalo bugging the Grand Canyon"
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Noah's Ark for bananas 

Noah's Ark for bananas  | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The Independent highlights the importance of the world’s largest collection of banana germplasm, held in trust in Belgium and managed by Bioversity International.
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A tale of two CGIAR centres’ media presence

It’s a bit of a cheat, but bear with me for a minute and have a look at a couple of quotes from recent articles in the mainstream media. The first one is from the NY Times.
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Feeding 9 Billion - National Geographic

Feeding 9 Billion - National Geographic | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
When we think about threats to the environment, we tend to picture cars and smokestacks, not dinner. But the truth is, our need for food poses one of the biggest dangers to the planet.
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Work underway to improve malting barley quality | The James Hutton Institute

Work underway to improve malting barley quality | The James Hutton Institute | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Researchers at the James Hutton Institute and leading commercial breeding companies are working to improve the quality of winter barley for malting purposes, in a bid to address the concerns of maltsters, brewers and distillers about the long-term...
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Prince Charles helps to save rare breeds - Horse & Country

Prince Charles helps to save rare breeds - Horse & Country | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Horse & Country Prince Charles helps to save rare breeds Horse & Country ... of the Hackney Horse Society and Tom Beeston of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.
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Ensuring the survival of the rarest - Yorkshire Post

Ensuring the survival of the rarest - Yorkshire Post | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Yorkshire Post Ensuring the survival of the rarest Yorkshire Post The RBST's National Gene Bank made it possible to breed the Vaynol with semen from a bull which died 14 years ago, a resource which dramatically increases the chances of saving...
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Post-IPCC, we have missed the glimmers of hope on the ground

Post-IPCC, we have missed the glimmers of hope on the ground | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
When it comes to climate change and food security, we're accustomed to bad news.
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‘Pirate’ Fishing Accounts for up to 33% of US Wild Fish Imports—Study

‘Pirate’ Fishing Accounts for up to 33% of US Wild Fish Imports—Study | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Between one-fifth and one-third of all the wild-caught seafood that comes into the United States may be caught by vessels engaging in “pirate” fishing, a new report says.The leading seafood trade association disputes the numbers in the study but...
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Open source seeds are now for real. Again.

The Open Source Seeds Initiative is actually sending out seed as of this week, according to a press release from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Quinoa in Washington State

Kevin Murphy wants to steal their livelihoods from under the noses of poor Bolivian farmers. No, wait … Kevin Murphy wants to allow Bolivian farmers to improve their nutrition by enabling them to eat the quinoa they grow instead of selling it.
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Saving Our Seeds

Saving Our Seeds | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
In this video, a public library in Wisconsin joins the global movement to help secure the future of our food supply.
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Wheat, Glorious Wheat

Wheat, Glorious Wheat | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
One of the great things about working on “food” is that it’s such a huge and various subject. This past week I was lucky enough to be one of 700 people from 56 different countries attending the Borlaug100 conference in Obregon, Mexico.
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A food historian at CIMMYT

Noted food historian Rachel Laudan was at the recent Borlaug Summit on Wheat for Food Security in Obregón, Mexico, organized by CIMMYT to celebrate 100 years of Norman Borlaug, and what an inspired decision it was to invite her.
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To sustain timber yields in Asian forests genetic issues must be addressed

To sustain timber yields in Asian forests genetic issues must be addressed | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Forestry experts at Bioversity International and the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia call attention to the impacts of logging on the genetic diversity of timber trees in Asian forests, and its effects on timber production.
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Inside the world's largest wheat and maize bank

Inside the world's largest wheat and maize bank | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The world's largest collection of wheat and maize seeds is held in a vault outside Mexico City. (@CIMMYT genebank: "collection for #wheat & #maize come from over 150 different countries", says Dr.
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Mexican genebank full of Aussie promise | Biotech

Mexican genebank full of Aussie promise | Biotech | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
FOR Richard Trethowan, having access to the largest wheat genebank in the world is akin to giving a child free rein in a lolly shop.
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Maize Diversity and the Value of Chaos: Indigenous Imaginaries and Agricultural Innovation in Mexico's Central Highlands

Maize Diversity and the Value of Chaos: Indigenous Imaginaries and Agricultural Innovation in Mexico's Central Highlands | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @wdboer: Today! Maize Diversity, Value of Chaos: Indigenous Imaginaries & Agricultural #Innovation http://t.co/uz1pbqsVYu seminar Mexico…
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Mexican genebank full of Aussie promise - Agriculture - Cropping - General News - Stock & Land

Mexican genebank full of Aussie promise - Agriculture - Cropping - General News - Stock & Land | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
FOR Richard Trethowan, having access to the largest wheat genebank in the world is akin to giving a child free rein in a lolly shop.
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Research shows vast differences in livestock systems, diets and emissions--FCRN on PNAS paper

Research shows vast differences in livestock systems, diets and emissions--FCRN on PNAS paper | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Tara Garnet, of the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN), at Oxford University, recently highlighted a paper published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The pa...
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Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Methane from livestock accounts for a huge portion of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, according to a UN report. But reducing global meat consumption isn't necessarily the answer to the problem.
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