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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Nature Outlook – Food security

Nature Outlook – Food security | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Adequate access to food is a universal right, but eliminating all forms of malnutrition in a growing world is no small task. In the coming decades significant improvements in how we produce, distribute and consume food will be required. This Outlook discusses how tinkering with photosynthesis could make food crops more efficient, the nutritional, environmental and taste credentials of sustainable alternatives to meat, and whether they can tempt us away from beef, and the robotic and sensing technologies that will drive the next big revolution in agriculture.


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Transforming Millets: Strategies and Struggles in Changing Taste in Madurai

Transforming Millets: Strategies and Struggles in Changing Taste in Madurai | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
(2017). Transforming Millets: Strategies and Struggles in Changing Taste in Madurai. Food, Culture & Society: Vol. 20, Less Palatable, Still Valuable: Taste, Crop Agrobiodiversity, and Culinary Heritage, pp. 303-324.
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Wanna be a bean counter?

Wanna be a bean counter? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Another genebank looking for a manager. This one at CIAT, which has really Big Plans for its beans, cassava and forages. Really big.
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Mapping “flourishing” genebanks

Mapping “flourishing” genebanks | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The Atlas for the End of the World is a collection of maps and infographics covering two important subjects: the first is the amount of protected area in the world’s biodiversity hotspots and how these regions are tracking in regard
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Rooted in place and history, Appalachian food culture defies stereotypes

Rooted in place and history, Appalachian food culture defies stereotypes | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
In Victuals, author Ronni Lundy tells us that her people were right all along; both in pronunciation
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QUESTIONNAIRE ON THE NEEDS IN THE USE OF AGROBIODIVERSITY INFORMATION | gbif.pt

QUESTIONNAIRE ON THE NEEDS IN THE USE OF AGROBIODIVERSITY INFORMATION | gbif.pt | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Today we launched the Questionnaire on the Needs in the Use of Agrobiodiversity Information. Take the survey at https://t.co/AM9Xafju3v https://t.co/FiUfe4UNzd
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Instagram post by Luigi Guarino • Apr 14, 2017 at 3:23pm UTC

Instagram post by Luigi Guarino • Apr 14, 2017 at 3:23pm UTC | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
10 Likes, 1 Comments - Luigi Guarino (@ggguarino) on Instagram: “Complementary #conservation #genebank #agrobiodiversity #germany”
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Project Of The Day: Open Source Seeds Programme | P2P Foundation

Project Of The Day: Open Source Seeds Programme | P2P Foundation | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The distinctive feature of “open source seed” is an express and explicit commitment—legal and/or ethical—to maintain freedom to use the seed and any of its derivatives.
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Animate the apocalypse

You know that paper entitled Biodiversity redistribution under climate change: Impacts on ecosystems and human well-being, that we included in Brainfood a couple of weeks back?. The money quote was: “The indirect effects of climate change on food webs are
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Armenian agrobiodiversity on sale

Armenian agrobiodiversity on sale | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Out and about in Yerevan's municipal fruit and vegetables market. The time of the year is October. source #agrobiodiversity #armenia #biodiversity
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Forest Soil Bacteria: Diversity, Involvement in Ecosystem Processes, and Response to Global Change

Forest Soil Bacteria: Diversity, Involvement in Ecosystem Processes, and Response to Global Change | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The ecology of forest soils is an important field of research due to the role of forests as carbon sinks. Consequently, a significant amount of information has been accumulated concerning their ecology, especially for temperate and boreal forests. Although most studies have focused on fungi, forest soil bacteria also play important roles in this environment. In forest soils, bacteria inhabit multiple habitats with specific properties, including bulk soil, rhizosphere, litter, and deadwood habitats, where their communities are shaped by nutrient availability and biotic interactions. Bacteria contribute to a range of essential soil processes involved in the cycling of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus. They take part in the decomposition of dead plant biomass and are highly important for the decomposition of dead fungal mycelia. In rhizospheres of forest trees, bacteria interact with plant roots and mycorrhizal fungi as commensalists or mycorrhiza helpers. Bacteria also mediate multiple critical steps in the nitrogen cycle, including N fixation. Bacterial communities in forest soils respond to the effects of global change, such as climate warming, increased levels of carbon dioxide, or anthropogenic nitrogen deposition. This response, however, often reflects the specificities of each studied forest ecosystem, and it is still impossible to fully incorporate bacteria into predictive models. The understanding of bacterial ecology in forest soils has advanced dramatically in recent years, but it is still incomplete. The exact extent of the contribution of bacteria to forest ecosystem processes will be recognized only in the future, when the activities of all soil community members are studied simultaneously.

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Seeing the wood and the trees

Seeing the wood and the trees | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The day after the Global Tree Assessment is published by BGCI, which revealed there are about 60,000 tree species in the world, is also a good time to link again to the wonderful European Atlas of Forest Tree Species. Now
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Faux wild rice in peril

Faux wild rice in peril | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
I’m not saying it’s the most important thing about it, but that oil pipeline that is planned for Minnesota will go straight through lakes which are sacred to the local Native American peoples, and which generate about 50% of the
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Nutrition: A world of insecurity : Nature

Nutrition: A world of insecurity : Nature | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Malnutrition is a global problem. With population and consumption set to rise over the coming decades, achieving food security will require action on many fronts.

Via Loïc Lepiniec
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Agrobiodiversity: The living library : Nature : Nature Research

Agrobiodiversity: The living library : Nature : Nature Research | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Wild and heirloom plants are giving major crop varieties, and the global food system, a genetic makeover.
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Exploring global diets

Exploring global diets | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
You may remember the paper Increasing homogeneity in global food supplies and the implications for food security, which we blogged about a couple of times when it first came out in 2014. National Geographic did a pretty good job of
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Expanding the horizons of biodiversity for sustainable food futures - Cultivate

Expanding the horizons of biodiversity for sustainable food futures - Cultivate | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
As focus in the study of Agrobiodiversity increases, a study crystallizes the four-part framework that is emerging from recent advances and interest.
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UPOV - Symposium Reveals Conflict in Interrelations Between UPOV and ITPGRFA; UPOV To Consider Proposals

TWN Info: Symposium Reveals Conflict in Interrelations Between UPOV and ITPGRFA; UPOV To Consider Proposals. See https://t.co/uvBdrAgPgg
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Large-Scale Screening of Intact Tomato Seeds for Viability Using Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy (NIRS)

Large-Scale Screening of Intact Tomato Seeds for Viability Using Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy (NIRS) | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Near infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS), a non-destructive and rapid analytical method, was used to examine the possibility of replacing a method for the large-scale screening of tomato seed viability. A total of 368 tomato seed samples were used for development and validation of an NIRS calibration model. The accelerating aging method (98 ± 2% R.H., 40 °C) was employed for preparation of a calibration set (n = 268) and a validation set (n = 100) with wider seed viability. Among the tomato NIRS calibration models tested, the modified partial least square (MPLS) regression produced the best equation model. Specifically, this model produced a higher RSQ (0.9446) and lower SEC (6.5012) during calibration and a higher 1-VR (0.9194) and lower SECV (7.8264) upon cross-validation compared to the other regression methods (PLS, PCR) tested in this study. Additionally, the SD/SECV was 3.53, which was greater than the criterion point of 3. External validation of this NIRS equation revealed a significant correlation between reference values and NIRS-estimated values based on the coefficient of determination (R2), the standard error of prediction (SEP (C)), and the ratio of performance to deviation (RPD = SD/SEP (C)), which were 0.94, 6.57, and 3.96, respectively. The external validation demonstrated that this model had predictive accuracy in tomato, indicating that it has the potential to replace the germination test.
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Instagram post by Luigi Guarino • Apr 14, 2017 at 3:20pm UTC

Instagram post by Luigi Guarino • Apr 14, 2017 at 3:20pm UTC | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
14 Likes, 1 Comments - Luigi Guarino (@ggguarino) on Instagram: “Head of IPK #genebank in IPK genebank #germany #seeds #agrobiodiversity #seedsaving”
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Mapping wheat diversity in Turkey

No sooner did I blog about a paper which mapped diversity in a crop in Mexico across time, that I came across one mapping diversity in another crop in Turkey.1 The authors — a truly international bunch from the Bahri
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Local innovation challenges

Local innovation challenges | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Is it going to be forever difficult for small farmers to enter the market? SEEDcontrol is a project born from the partnership between formicablu, an Italian science communication agency, and Oxpeckers, a South African Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism. Specifically, the project has been designed by Elisabetta Tola and Fiona Macleod.
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Novel soil-inhabiting clades fill gaps in the fungal tree of life

Novel soil-inhabiting clades fill gaps in the fungal tree of life | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it


Fungi are a diverse eukaryotic group of degraders, pathogens, and symbionts, with many lineages known only from DNA sequences in soil, sediments, air, and water.
We provide rough phylogenetic placement and principal niche analysis for >40 previously unrecognized fungal groups at the order and class level from global soil samples based on combined 18S (nSSU) and 28S (nLSU) rRNA gene sequences. Especially, Rozellomycota (Cryptomycota), Zygomycota s.lat, Ascomycota, and Basidiomycota are rich in novel fungal lineages, most of which exhibit distinct preferences for climate and soil pH.

This study uncovers the great phylogenetic richness of previously unrecognized order- to phylum-level fungal lineages. Most of these rare groups are distributed in different ecosystems of the world but exhibit distinct ecological preferences for climate or soil pH. Across the fungal kingdom, tropical and non-tropical habitats are equally likely to harbor novel groups. We advocate that a combination of traditional and high-throughput sequencing methods enable efficient recovery and phylogenetic placement of such unknown taxonomic groups.

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New Zealand: A new world record for wheat yield set by a NZ farmer

New Zealand: A new world record for wheat yield set by a NZ farmer | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A new wheat crop yield world record is eight times higher the average Australian wheat yield.

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Are you a new or a traditional conservationist?

Are you a new or a traditional conservationist? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Although discussions about the aims and methods of conservation probably date back as far as conservation itself, the ‘new conservation’ debate as such was sparked by Kareiva and Marvier’s 2012 article entitled What is conservation science? Two prominent positions have
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