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Climate change adaptation: determining what will grow where

Launched at GCARD2 by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), a new policy brief outlines the challenges required in feeding the estimated 9 billion people who will live in this world by 2050.
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WSU researchers, Sleuth Resurrect 'Lost' Apples of the Palouse - Twin Falls Times-News

PULLMAN, Wash. • Researchers at Washington State University have teamed with an amateur apple detective to bring fruit varieties thought extinct back to life.
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DOI see the future of genebank documentation?

Mike Jackson, indefatigable blogger and former manager of the IRRI genebank (among other things), is on a mission. I’m on the editorial board of Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution.
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Artists' residencies at Australian Grains Genebank on the Wimmera Plains grow ... - Sydney Morning Herald

Artists' residencies at Australian Grains Genebank on the Wimmera Plains grow ... - Sydney Morning Herald | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a modern-day Noah's Ark buried deep in a mountain on an island north of the Arctic Circle.
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How this seedbank saved its precious seeds from Syria's civil war (Video) - Treehugger

How this seedbank saved its precious seeds from Syria's civil war (Video) - Treehugger | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The conflict in Syria not only has killed and displaced millions of people, it is also threatening agricultural biodiversity and a genetic heritage that has been passed down for generations.
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The rough value of genebanks

In 2012, The NPGS [the US National Plant Germplasm System] budget was approximately $47 million. Funding for the NPGS has been relatively stagnant over time.
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Setting genebank data free

Setting genebank data free | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
There’s a strange little article on SciDevNet about the petition lodged with the UN by Norman Warthmann, of the Australian National University, and Claudio Chiarolla, of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations in...
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African leafy vegetables: a nutritious income source in Benin 

African leafy vegetables: a nutritious income source in Benin  | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A new video about traditional leafy vegetables in Benin tells us about their important nutritional benefits and how they are grown, bought and sold in local food systems.
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Syrian Seeds Stored in Norway for Safekeeping - GOOD Magazine

Syrian Seeds Stored in Norway for Safekeeping - GOOD Magazine | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A team of scientists in Aleppo won an award for their efforts to preserve plant diversity.
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Listening to the fizmer

Listening to the fizmer | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A couple of weeks ago we Nibbled an article by the writer Robert Macfarlane on his decade-long effort to rescue local words for features of the British landscape from oblivion.
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Complementary potato conservation in the Parque de la Papa

Complementary potato conservation in the Parque de la Papa | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
I was in South America for the past couple of weeks, which is why blogging has been, well, slow. One of the places I visited was the Parque de la Papa, or Potato Park, near Cusco in Peru, thus fulfilling a long-standing ambition.
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Nutritious, delicious and eaten in space – The State of the Art Report on Quinoa around the World

Nutritious, delicious and eaten in space – The State of the Art Report on Quinoa around the World | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
With contributions from Bioversity International scientists, a FAO report with the most up-to-date technical and scientific information on this exceptional crop is now available in English.
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Confused? You will be!

Confused? You will be! | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
There is a nice set of presentations online on what it means in practical terms for a plant germplasm collection to be Nagoya and International Treaty compliant, in this particular case in the UK.
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Free Ebook Cannabis, Evolution and Ethnobotany

Cannabis, Evolution and Ethnobotany by Robert C Clarke, Mark D Merlin. Free Download Link Medical Book : http://is.gd/4o7jT5.
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A pioneer passes

A pioneer passes | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Trevor Williams, one of the key early figures in the movement to conserve crop diversity, has passed away at 76. Mike Jackson has done a great job of summarizing Trevor’s pivotal contribution to the field over at his blog.
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Saving the banana. Again

Australian banana farming changed forever last month. That’s because TR4 was detected on two farms in north Queensland, representing probably the greatest ever threat to the A$ 400 million industry.
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In memory of Mitsuaki Tanabe

In memory of Mitsuaki Tanabe | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mitsuaki Tanabe, renowned Japanese artist and conservationist who created two banana sculptures for Bioversity International in honour of agricultural biodiversity.
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Forest landscape restoration: a solution to global challenges

Forest landscape restoration: a solution to global challenges | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
M. Ann Tutwiler addresses the importance of qualitative and diverse planting material when restoring degraded forests and gives an update on the ground that Bioversity International's scientists have covered.
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Promoting the sweet potato in Africa

Promoting the sweet potato in Africa | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Good to see the March edition of Hortinews magazine focusing on the sweetpotato in Africa.
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Modeling the use of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) traditional varieties and their mixtures with commercial varieties to manage bean fly (Ophiomyia spp.) infestation in Uganda

Modeling the use of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) traditional varieties and their mixtures with commercial varieties to manage bean fly (Ophiomyia spp.) infestation in Uganda | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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'Conserve varietal diversity of crops' - The Hindu

'Conserve varietal diversity of crops' - The Hindu | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
P. Karunakaran, MP, has stressed the need to implement programmes to conserve varietal diversity, including traditional varieties of crops, to ensure sustainable agricultural development.
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More millets than you can shake a stick at

Rather good advocacy video from the Deccan Development society. Of course, you might get the impression from the film that nobody else has given millets a thought, but hey, that’s advocacy for you.
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Making agricultural research relevant: it's a mindset change

Making agricultural research relevant: it's a mindset change | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Director General M. Ann Tutwiler speaks to Devex about new partnership opportunities for Bioversity International and how researchers need to think about the relevance of their work for farmers, policymakers and other audiences.
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PM+: EU must make 'concrete contribution' on preserving global agrobiodiversity - TheParliamentMagazine.eu

PM+: EU must make 'concrete contribution' on preserving global agrobiodiversity - TheParliamentMagazine.eu | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
PM+: EU must make 'concrete contribution' on preserving global agrobiodiversity TheParliamentMagazine.eu Europe must play a leading role in the global effort to protect crop diversity, argues Marie Haga.
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