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African leafy vegetables come out of the shade

African leafy vegetables come out of the shade | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
African leafy vegetables come out from under the shade as part of set of case studies commissioned by the Swiss Development Cooperation for the European Initiative for Agricultural Research for Development (EIARD).
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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Australian Grains Genebank built for extreme temperatures - Brisbane Times

Australian Grains Genebank built for extreme temperatures - Brisbane Times | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The Australian Grains Genebank is cleverly designed to ensure an optimum temperature for seed storage.
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Searching for Rose Honey

We have on occasion blogged about “European” crops (and indeed livestock) being grown far from home, and how that sometimes serves to save varieties that have, for whatever reason, been lost back in the old country.
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Sequence everything — but not only

Sequence everything — but not only | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The contents of a potato genebank? Nope: “…a maximum of two alleles per locus contributed to this variation.” That’s because this tuberous cornucopia is what the authors of a recent essay in the American Journal of Botany got when they selfed a...
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Indigenous vegetables make a comeback in Kenya and other African countries

Nature highlights the revival of indigenous vegetable in Kenya and other African countries this month, a positive trend towards bringing more nutritious food into African diets, particularly to those who cannot afford meat and animal proteins.
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How women farmers in the Andes use their knowledge to conserve biodiversity - Christian Science Monitor

How women farmers in the Andes use their knowledge to conserve biodiversity - Christian Science Monitor | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
In the Andes, women farmers are using their skills and traditional knowledge in order to conserve the Andes' biodiversity. How are they making progress?
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The messy world of trees

If you like orderly and efficient problem solving, the world of plant conservation is not for you.
As you can see, Sir Peter Crane is at his quotable best in his introduction to a Special Issue of Oryx on tree conservation.
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The Economist solves the food problem

Climate change, you say? The Economist has the answer:
GM crops (such as drought-resistant rice, heat-resistant maize or blight-resistant wheat) have huge potential.
So that’s all right, then. We don’t seem to be getting the message across, do we?
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World Bank plays hardball with agricultural research, maybe

…the future of the institution responsible for the Green Revolution – a consortium of 15 research centers around the world called the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) — is under threat.
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Quadruple diversification

Sometimes, a tweet says it all.
@agrobiodiverse Quadruple diversification: diversify production 4 sustainability, resilience & choice, diversify consumption for health.
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The phylogeny of Czech hops

Long breeding work aimed at fine aroma hops results in high quality aroma aspects, which are used to produce the best beer. Czech hops are the security of the highest brewing quality in many breweries all over the world.
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The use of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) traditional varieties and their mixtures with commercial varieties to manage bean fly (Ophiomyia spp.) infestations in Uganda

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Stimulating Beverages: An Ethnobotanical History of Coffee & Chocolate

Video 17 in the Introduction to Ethnobotany series. Presented by Tamara Ticktin. Coffee and chocolate have become staples in the lives of many people today.
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Rational botanical gardens

The 7th European Botanic Gardens Congress is on this week, in Paris. You can follow it in all the usual ways, or most of them anyway. I was struck by this tweet from the opening day, of a slide from the presentation by new BGCI director Paul Smith.
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Plant breeding for sustainable agriculture

Plant breeding for sustainable agriculture | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
From a useful public awareness pamphlet on the importance of plant breeding, courtesy of the British Society of Plant Breeders.
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Digital filmmakers (and others) tackle African leafy greens

Digital filmmakers (and others) tackle African leafy greens | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
I came across this cool video about African indigenous vegetables via the Horticulture Innovation Lab newsletter.
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In war-torn Syria, a priceless seed vault continues to hang on - PRI

In war-torn Syria, a priceless seed vault continues to hang on - PRI | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
As the climate changes, biodiversity will become increasingly important. Biodiversity could be the keys to the species of rice that can survive wild swings in precipitation, or the type of yam that can grow in soil that has turned sandy.
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The beauty of seeds on show - The Land Newspaper

The beauty of seeds on show - The Land Newspaper | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
MENTION the Grains Genebank and most people will think of biosecurity and research - high art isn’t likely to spring to mind.
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Trevor Williams remembered

Mike Jackson’s obituary of Trevor Williams is up at Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, and it’s open access.
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Community-based educational intervention improved the diversity of complementary diets in western Kenya: results from a randomized controlled trial

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Beans With Benefits – but no address

In collaboration with national partners, AVRDC-The World Vegetable Center has released a number of improved varieties like ‘Zilola’, ‘Marjon’, ‘Durdona’ and ‘Turon’ to date.
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Australian Grains Genebank built for extreme temperatures - WA today

Australian Grains Genebank built for extreme temperatures - WA today | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The Australian Grains Genebank is cleverly designed to ensure an optimum temperature for seed storage.
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Secretary Vilsack highlights diversity at Milan EXPO on Independence Day

Speaking on intriguing tweets, try this one:
Tom Vilsack: "#Expo2015 puts the challenge to feed the world to every nation.
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The relationship between national plant genetic resources programmes and practitioners promoting on-farm management: results from a global survey. [Short communication] 

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Agrobiodiversity and the Law: Regulating Genetic Resources, Food Security and Cu — Download

Download Here: http://tinyurl.com/pqdpk4d A wide range of crop genetic resources is vital for future food security. Loss of agricultural biodiversity increases the ...
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Soup Made Out Of Crushed Bees Could Be Key To Pollinator Survival - Tech Times

Soup Made Out Of Crushed Bees Could Be Key To Pollinator Survival - Tech Times | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
By studying the 'DNA soup' made of crushed bees, scientists were able to detect important information vital to the survival of the pollinators.
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