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Plant Cuttings

Plant Cuttings | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @howplantswork: Plant Cuttings: Botany news from Nigel Chaffey (courtesy of the Annals of Botany). http://t.co/XtRJvIRhhF
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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Millet revolution in India: Let's keep up the momentum!

Millet revolution in India: Let's keep up the momentum! | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Over 15 years of promoting millet use and conservation is paying off. Research fellow Gennifer Meldrum reports from Chennai, India as Bioversity International and partners are taking the initiative to the next level.
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Building a European Plant Germplasm System

A couple of days ago we blogged about a study by European genebankers which recommended the establishment of a “European Plant Germplasm System” (EPGS) along the lines of the US National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS).
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Mchele ni kila kitu

Mchele ni kila kitu | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Well, actually the quote in National Geographic’s blockbuster on food — The Next Green Revolution — is “Mihogo ni kila kitu,” which means “cassava is everything” in Kiswahili.
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There’s more to kiwi fruit diversity than you think

There’s more to kiwi fruit diversity than you think | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
I love photos of weird plants, and the Facebook group Rare Fruit-Rare Edible Plants is a great place to find them. Once in a while, you even get a photo of diversity in a weird plant, which is even better.
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Bottleneck slides

Bottleneck slides | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Try and find an illustration of the domestication bottleneck — to put in a slide for a presentation, say — and likely as not you end up with some variation on a classic theme, this particular version being from the great Teacher-Friendly Guide to...
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New version of banana genebank information system goes live

New version of banana genebank information system goes live | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Great to see a new version of the Musa Germplasm Information System (MGIS) released. The URL is unchanged. The key improvements are listed as follows (slightly edited):
1. All information on a single accession can be viewed in one page
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Articles of new Elsevier special edition underline importance of tree genetic diversity

Articles of new Elsevier special edition underline importance of tree genetic diversity | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Judy Loo reflects on the recently published open-access special issue of Forest Ecology and Management – a publication that alongside the Global Plan of Action will guide informed action to conserve and sustainably use precious tree genetic...
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Using simple methods to preserve biodiversity

Using simple methods to preserve biodiversity | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
An article in today's The Hindu highlights the importance of custodian farmers to safeguard and use biodiversity in their regions, through their knowledge and access to diverse seeds.
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Peachy photos online

Peachy photos online | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Not only is U.P. Hedrick’s magisterial The Peaches of New York on Open Library. The images are also on Flickr, under Internet Archive Book Images. Mouthwatering.
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World crop diversity survives in small farms from peri-urban to remote rural ... - Phys.Org

World crop diversity survives in small farms from peri-urban to remote rural ... - Phys.Org | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
As much as 75 percent of global seed diversity in staple food crops is held and actively used by a wide range of small farmholders—workers of less than three to seven acres—with the rest in gene banks, according to a Penn State geographer.
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Wheat roundup

Great to get an email update from Andy Forbes on developments at Brockwell Bake yesterday. They’ve been busy with their Nordic colleagues of late, as you can read in the latest edition of True Loaf.
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Here's How We're Going to Solve the Global Chocolate Shortage - Slate Magazine (blog)

Here's How We're Going to Solve the Global Chocolate Shortage - Slate Magazine (blog) | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Witch’s broom. Frosty pod. Horse hair blight. No, those aren’t medieval hexes—they’re modern diseases that plague cacao trees, creating a worldwide chocolate shortage that experts say will only get worse.
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India declares crops covered under Seed Treaty exempt from Biodiversity Act

India declares crops covered under Seed Treaty exempt from Biodiversity Act | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
This edition of the Gazette of India, dated 18 December 2014, communicates a very significant decision for all of us who have an interest in the conservation and use of crop diversity.
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First thing, pawpaw, you gotta requisition a new name

Crowdfunding is one of the miracles of the internet age: put even the wackiest idea in front of a bajillion people and enough of them will pledge money to make it happen.
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Setting the rules of the game

We’re delighted to publish today a guest post from Gabi Everett. Gabi is an MSc student in Cristobal Uauy’s research group at the John Innes Centre. We hope this is the first of many contributions from her.
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CGIAR to listen — again

CGIAR to listen — again | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
There are “cross-cutting topics of global importance — women and youth; climate change; and capacity development — [that] will systematically strengthen and build coherence in research across all domains and Intermediate Development Outcomes...
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Is cocoa still cursed?

Is cocoa still cursed? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
It is always fun seeing what other people do with a story you’re reasonably familiar with. So it was listening to The Chocolate Curse, a recent episode of Planet Money.
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What does it cost to conserve crop diversity in Europe?

What does it cost to conserve crop diversity in Europe? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
There’s a document on the NordGen website entitled Towards a European Plant Germplasm System — The third way which advocates setting up a “European Plant Germplasm System” along the lines of the US National Plant Germplasm System.
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Livestock mapping comes of age

Livestock mapping comes of age | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
For your information, we have been beavering away since then, collecting more recent and detailed sub-national livestock statistics and disaggregating these using a slightly modified modelling approach, and 1 km multi-temporal, Fourier-processed...
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Celebrating the diversity of Andean crops in Bolivia

Celebrating the diversity of Andean crops in Bolivia | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Research fellow Gennifer Meldrum writes about stakeholders coming together in Bolivia to celebrate achievements in using and safeguarding Andean crop diversity in the Lake Titicaca region of Bolivia.
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GCTV16: Australian Pastures Genebank

The Australian Pastures Genebank is expected to hold 70000 grass and pasture legume varieties representing 2000 species when the various state seed collections are centralised at the APG...
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Kew does crops

Kew does crops | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Nice to see crop wild relatives highlighted in several places in Kew’s new science strategy. Full disclosure: I work with the Millennium Seed Bank on CWR for my day job.
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Climate change threatens staple potato crop in high Andes - RTCC

RTCC Climate change threatens staple potato crop in high Andes RTCC The creation of the Potato Park dates back from 1997 when an NGO called Andes Association promoted the conservation of the indigenous heritage regarding local rights, livelihoods...
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What a difference an en makes: kombucha != konbucha

Last week The Economist carried an article about kokumi, a putative sixth flavour longing to take its place alongside umami. In it, I read that:
Dr Sasano supplemented the diets of his volunteers with kombucha, an umami-rich infusion of kelp.
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Wild potato diversity halved

Wild potato diversity halved | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
David Spooner and co-workers have written a comprehensive overview of the systematics and genetics of wild and cultivated potato species (Solanum section Petota).
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