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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Understanding sustainable diets

Understanding sustainable diets | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Four papers, three published in high impact peer-reviewed journals, further our understanding of sustainable diets.
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Using the Genes of Israeli Wheat To Fight Climate Change - Jewish Daily Forward

Using the Genes of Israeli Wheat To Fight Climate Change - Jewish Daily Forward | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Jewish Daily Forward Using the Genes of Israeli Wheat To Fight Climate Change Jewish Daily Forward Today, Israel has repositories for preserving this wild wheat, such as the Israeli Department of Agriculture-funded Israel Plant Gene Bank, which...
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Bananas in the deep freeze: 10 years of cryopreservation

Bananas in the deep freeze: 10 years of cryopreservation | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The Bioversity International Musa Germplasm Transit Centre (ITC) holds the world’s largest collection of banana (Musa spp.) germplasm. In 2013 it marked 10 years of cryopreservation. Find out more in this Annual Report story.
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Freeing the banana

By freeing Musa balbisiana of infectious eBSV, virologists are once again friends with #banana breeders says Pierre-Yves Teycheney #IHC2014 — ProMusa (@promusa_banana) August 19, 2014 Well, that sounds teasingly intriguing.
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Focusing on genebanks for climate change adaptation

The Focused Identification of Germplasm Strategy (FIGS) has been the subject of a fair number of posts here in the past couple of years. It has now clearly hit the big time, with a major workshop which got picked up by the BBC, no less.
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Indigenous Seed Savers Gather in the Andes, Agree to Fight Climate Change ... - Intercontinental Cry

Indigenous Seed Savers Gather in the Andes, Agree to Fight Climate Change ... - Intercontinental Cry | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Indigenous Seed Savers Gather in the Andes, Agree to Fight Climate Change ...
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Who’s Producing Your Tea (and Other Tropical Crops)?

Who’s Producing Your Tea (and Other Tropical Crops)? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
After ten years in Hawaii at a time when sugar and pineapple still largely supported the islands’ economy, I thought I had growing tropical crops for export to the countries in the temperate regions down pat.
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CacaoNet Technical Guidelines for the Safe Movement of Cacao Germplasm

CacaoNet Technical Guidelines for the Safe Movement of Cacao Germplasm | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The CacaoNet Technical Guidelines for the Safe Movement of Cacao Germplasm provide information on the precautions and quarantine measures to minimize the risk of spread of pests and diseases when cacao genetic resources are being moved.
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Remembering Dorothy Tamasia, barefoot banana curator of the Solomon Islands

Remembering Dorothy Tamasia, barefoot banana curator of the Solomon Islands | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Some bad news from Tony Jansen, via Facebook. He has kindly given us permission to reproduce his post here. I’m very sad to hear the tragic news that my very good friend Dorothy Tamasia has died.
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Debal Deb | The barefoot conservator - Livemint

Debal Deb | The barefoot conservator - Livemint | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Debal Deb | The barefoot conservator Livemint Take, for example, a gene bank built in recent years by the Odisha government.
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Gadam sorghum in the limelight

Gadam sorghum in the limelight | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Remember the Gadam variety, saviour of Kenya’s sorghum farmers? Well, I came across it again a couple of days ago, on the occasion of International Beer Day, as part of an advertizing feature in the Kenya’s Nation newspaper.
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Himalayan foods: healthy and nutritious crop varieties

Himalayan foods: healthy and nutritious crop varieties | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Read about 8 crops in the Nepal Himalayas that are better suited for harsh mountainous climates and can aid rural farmers in increasing yields and income while promoting healthy lifestyles.
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Surviving Glenda

We have finally received news of the Philippines national genebank. Teresita Borromeo, who has worked there for some years, sent us the following email: Yes, after 8 years, we were again devastated by the typhoon.
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Baobab, frankincense and croton: private sector brings gifts

Baobab, frankincense and croton: private sector brings gifts | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Found these in an up-market curio shop in Nairobi’s Yaya Centre shopping centre.
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Big rice data portal

You remember the 3000 rice genomes project? You know, the one that represents the future of genebanks?
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Global diets visualized

Global diets visualized | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
National Geographic’s eight-month series on food has caught up with Colin Khoury’s blockbuster paper on how many crops feed the world. The infographic on diet similarity looks ok on the printed page, I guess: But it’s way cooler online.
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Strategizing about conservation of horticultural crops

Another report from one of our correspondents at the International Horticultural Congress: There were some great discussions during the IHC’s workshop on global conservation strategies for horticultural crops.
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Promoting fruit tree diversity in Central Asia

Promoting fruit tree diversity in Central Asia | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Apple, apricot, almond, cherry, grape, pistachio and walnut are some of the many temperate fruit trees that originated in Central Asia. Find out more in this 2013 Annual Report story.
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Totally terere

Totally terere | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The launching of FAO’s Traditional Crop of the Month with amaranth, just announced on Twitter, reminds me that I was going to post a couple of photos showing how much the crop is being used nowadays in Kenya.
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What to board on the Ark?

What to board on the Ark? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Of the 7,000 edible species in the world today, one in seven is under threat. Since there aren’t enough resources to save all of them, policymakers need to decide which species to focus on. Find out more in this 2013 Annual Report story.
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Capsules of Life

Capsules of Life | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The BBC’s Roots to Riches reaches genebanking for conservation, with the above title. Mainly about the Millennium Seed Bank, which is predictable, and perfectly fine, but we know there’s a lot more to it than that, of course.
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Vavilov all over

Just a quick reminder that the BBC’s wonderful From Roots to Riches programme, charting the history of botany, tackles Nikolai Vavilov today.
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Assessing the nutrition potential of diverse local foods in Vietnam

Assessing the nutrition potential of diverse local foods in Vietnam | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Jessica Raneri, Nutrition and Marketing Diversity Programme Specialist, Bioversity International, reports from Vietnam where she is carrying out research with partners to improve diet quality and diversity using local foods.
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Who is going to farm?

Who is going to farm? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
I spend quite a bit of time reading the writings of people concerned with food, and yet more time talking with them. A constant refrain is that we need more small farms, hence more farmers.
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'Bahay Kubo' veggies thrive in school gardens - Inquirer.net

'Bahay Kubo' veggies thrive in school gardens - Inquirer.net | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Inquirer.net 'Bahay Kubo' veggies thrive in school gardens Inquirer.net “This is because we are losing our agrobiodiversity,” said Julian Gonsalves of International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) on a visit to a school garden at San Roque...
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