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Pistachio prices are through the roof, and Turkey's baklava makers are panicking

Pistachio prices are through the roof, and Turkey's baklava makers are panicking | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Pistachio farming is a pretty complicated business. For one thing, only the female trees bear fruit. And only every other year. So even small problems with a harvest can have big effects, like wild spikes in price.
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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Another Pacific hibiscus to marvel at

Another Pacific hibiscus to marvel at | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
More from our friend Lex Thomson on the Pacific Hibiscus saga: Excited to report on the finding of a presumed new Hibiscus species in Solomon Islands.
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Nature Biotech: A pigeonpea gene confers resistance to Asian soybean rust in soybean (2016)

Nature Biotech: A pigeonpea gene confers resistance to Asian soybean rust in soybean (2016) | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

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The Sainsbury Lab's curator insight, April 26, 9:45 AM
Asian soybean rust (ASR), caused by the fungus Phakopsora pachyrhizi, is one of the most economically important crop diseases, but is only treatable with fungicides, which are becoming less effective owing to the emergence of fungicide resistance. There are no commercial soybean cultivars with durable resistance to P. pachyrhizi, and although soybean resistance loci have been mapped, no resistance genes have been cloned. We report the cloning of a P. pachyrhizi resistance gene CcRpp1 (Cajanus cajan Resistance against Phakopsora pachyrhizi 1) from pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan) and show that CcRpp1 confers full resistance to P. pachyrhizi in soybean. Our findings show that legume species related to soybean such as pigeonpea, cowpea, common bean and others could provide a valuable and diverse pool of resistance traits for crop improvement.
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What can seeds learn from medicines?

According to a new research paper from the Quaker UN Office, those seeking positive policy change around seeds should look to progress in the “access to medicines” problem for inspiration. The paper identifies several similarities in context and recommends priority
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Have your fill of quinoa yet?

Jeremy has followed up his monumental NPR post on the effects of high quinoa prices on Andean growers1, and his subsequent handy round-up right here, with a podcast over at Eat this Podcast.
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A PGRFA course to take note of

A PGRFA course to take note of | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A shout-out to everyone at the Wageningen UR course “Contemporary approaches to genetic resources conservation and use.” I was with them yesterday, and a great bunch they are too.
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Plant Breeding Matters!

Plant Breeding Matters! | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Thanks to Mike Ambrose of the John Innes Centre for pointing us in the direction of a new series of videos from the British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB) with the above title.
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4 Edible Insects That Are Delicacies Around the World

4 Edible Insects That Are Delicacies Around the World | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
In most cases, seeing a bug on your plate at a restaurant will prompt a return of the plate, a refund and a one-star review of the establishment. Yes, there's nothing wrong with that — your carbonara would be much better without the ants — but there are cultures around the world where eating insects isn't frowned upon. Rather, it's a delicacy. 

And there are a lot of options to go through —  1,900 documented insect species are deemed edible. They might not be a staple in most American diets, but there are some nutritional properties that could make at least some bugs enticing enough to try.

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Big Seed: How The Industry Turned From Small-Town Firms To Global Giants

Big Seed: How The Industry Turned From Small-Town Firms To Global Giants | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

"Most food, if we trace it back far enough, began as a seed. And the business of supplying those seeds to farmers has been transformed over the past half-century. Small-town companies have given way to global giants. A new round of industry consolidation is now underway. Multibillion-dollar mergers are in progress, or under discussion, that could put more than half of global seed sales in the hands of three companies."

 

Tags: food, economic, food production, agribusiness, podcast.


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Zack Zeplin's curator insight, April 24, 10:16 PM
The seed industry, one of the largest industries in modern agribusiness, is quickly being swallowed up by the global giants that lead the seed industry. All over the world small seed businesses are being bought out by larger businesses who seek to mass produce their own genetically modified seeds and strengthen their grip on the global seed market. In American agriculture seed giants rule by providing the highest quality seeds to grow the cereal grains in the U.S. produces. But as a result the consumer benefits, farmers can now run farms that aren’t as capital-intensive because of the biotechnology that goes into these seeds. However it is also important to realize that the number of seed companies is dwindling, and that there are only a few large corporations that control all of the seeds that the world needs to grow enough food to survive. I found this article to be very helpful in shedding some light on how the seeds that go into our food is handled, and the truth on how modern agriculture is run.
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"The Father of GIS"

"Esri Canada pays tribute to Dr. Roger Tomlinson, known as the 'Father of GIS'. Dr. Tomlinson passed away on Feb. 7, 2014, leaving a remarkable legacy that laid the foundation for modern digital mapping and transformed the field of geography."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 8, 6:52 PM

Two resources on pioneers in GIS. 

  • Here is a video about Roger Tomlinson, 'father of GIS.'
  • This is a nice article on the beginnings of ESRI and Jack Dangermond's impact on digital mapping.  

 

Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial, technology.

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SNiPlay3 : a web-based application for exploration and large scale analyses of genomic variations

SNiPlay3 : a web-based application for exploration and large scale analyses of genomic variations | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
SNiPlay3 : a web-based application for exploration and large scale analyses of genomic variations #ICT4D #ICT4Ag https://t.co/LhN3k8C61y
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Milking quinoa for livelihoods

Milking quinoa for livelihoods | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
We’ve been contacted by Alexander Wankel of Pachakuti Foods with news of an intriguing Kickstarter campaign.
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Lethal yellowing spreads in West Africa

Lethal yellowing spreads in West Africa | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Readers may remember our recent post on the threat to the international coconut collection in Papua New Guinea that is being posed by a new disease.
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Talking non-biotech coffee

I have said before that I would have a priori doubts about anything calling itself Talking Biotech.
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Conference on eating weeds ramps up

The International Symposium on Biodiversity and Edible Wild Species will be held on 24-27 October 2016 in Antalya, Turkey and will be organized by the General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies in collaboration with the Biodiversity for Food and
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Regeneration of seeds in NordGens genebank

An overview of the greenhouse with seed production. Tents with cabbage plants that are isolated and in full bloom.
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Amaranth across the Rio Grande

A quick follow up to my very telegraphic postscript to a post a few days back. I was listening to an AgTalks session on “forgotten food crops” from IFAD, and I was quite surprised to hear from Mary M.
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Another threatened Russian fruit collection

…a commission ordered that the land of the academy be transitioned for the destruction of educational buildings and living, agricultural fields, in order to establish the new development and construction of multi-level residential buildings.
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Genebanks from lab to field

Genebanks from lab to field | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Today provides a great opportunity to show the great range of activities that the international genebanks of the CGIAR centres are engaged in. First, look at IRRI.
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Ethiopian coffee farmers full of beans as barcodes promise better business

Ethiopian coffee farmers full of beans as barcodes promise better business | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Ethiopia has underscored its zeal to modernise production of its top commodity with a scheme that tells buyers exactly where its beans are from
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Why the world is storing so many seeds in a ‘doomsday’ vault

Why the world is storing so many seeds in a ‘doomsday’ vault | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Storing genetic diversity now could have a big payoff in the future.

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Role of Ethnobotany in Community Development

Ethnobotany is the systematic study of the relationships between plants and people. It is not simply the study of the human "use" of plants; rather, ethnobotany ...
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- The Science of Ethnobotany - Dr. Paul Cox

World well known scientist Dr. Paul Cox shares The Science of Ethnobotany.
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AVGRIS revamped

AVGRIS revamped | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The World Vegetable Center has come up with a redesigned front-end for presenting data on its germplasm collection to the world.
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The long and winding road to crop wild relative conservation priorities

The long and winding road to crop wild relative conservation priorities | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Those who follow these things will probably have noticed a certain frisson in the press over a paper in Nature Plants on setting conservation priorities for crop wild relatives.
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