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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Olimpiadi della pizza napoletana alla Città della scienza

Olimpiadi della pizza napoletana alla Città della scienza | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Dal 3 al 5 luglio 2012 alla Città della Scienza di Napoli, si svolgeranno le olimpiadi della pizza napoletana, con laboratori del gusto e workshop. (@carlo_spinelli Pizza Olympics!
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The yak genome and adaptation to life at high altitude

The yak genome and adaptation to life at high altitude | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Jianquan Liu and colleagues report the draft genome sequence of the domestic yak, Bos grunniens. Their comparative analyses with low-altitude cattle provide insights into high-altitude adaptation in the yak.
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GBIC2012

RT @GBIF: Opening morning presentations for global #biodiversity informatics conference #gbic2012 now available online at http://t.co/L2frDK86 #gbif...
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Food and the city - Urban agriculture and the new food revolution

Food and the city offers practical lessons and inspiration to both would-be practitioners of urban agriculture and for policymakers and planners confronted by rapid urbanisation and the challenge of food supply to inner-city millions, who are now...
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Global Biodiversity Informatics Conference 2012…

…is off and running in Copenhagen The Global Biodiversity Informatics Conference (GBIC) will convene expertise in the fields of biodiversity informatics, genomics, earth observation, natural history collections, biodiversity research and policy...
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Socio-economic impacts of genetically modified crops - JRC/FAO (2012)

This JRC Scientific and Technical report provides proceedings of the “International workshop on socio-economic impacts of genetically modified (GM) crops” which was co-organised by JRC-IPTS and FAO in Seville on 23-24 November 2011. JRC-IPTS has been requested to review for policy makers the main findings of scientists active in this field world-wide in cooperation with FAO. The objective of this workshop, which was directed at socio-economic experts from the Competent Authorities of the EU Member States and staff from the EC, was to start the technical discussions between the Member States and the Commission to define factors and indicators allowing a proper capture of the impacts of GMOs in the EU. The workshop covered the following topics: Session 1: Adoption of GM crop varieties and socio-economic impacts on farmers Session 2: Aggregated and global impacts of GM technology in agriculture Session 3: Economics of segregation/coexistence of supply chains Session 4: Socio economic impacts of GM crops: examples of use in decision-making Session 5: Economic compensation, liability issues and institutional framework influencing adoption of GM crops Session 6: Research on consumer attitudes, direct/indirect impacts of GM crops on consumers including health issues Session 7: Looking forward: New GM crops in the pipeline and their possible economic and social impacts


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Early pottery in China

Early pottery in China | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

A team of scientists led by Dr. Xiaohong Wu of Peking University has recently dated sediment layers containing pottery fragments in Xianrendong Cave in China and found them to be approximately 20,000 years old, predating the earliest known pottery dates by about 2,000 years, and predating the advent of agriculture by about 10,000 years. The finding refutes the long-held view that pottery production coincided with the beginning of agriculture.


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'Nutritional' pizzas developed - by a Plant Cell Teaching Tools author!

'Nutritional' pizzas developed - by a Plant Cell Teaching Tools author! | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

We really enjoyed working with Mike Lean, Professor of Nutrition, on the "Plants, Food and Human Health" article (http://www.plantcell.org/site/teachingtools/TTPB21.xhtml). He spends much of his time on the diabetes ward, and has a very real concern for the prevention of chronic diseases!

As you know, nutrition education only goes so far, so his approach is to nutritionally balance the food people want to eat. And if you eat your pizza with a side order of broccoli, even better.


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Sounds nice, but bit disappointed the resource is behind a paywall.
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Global Biodiversity Informatics Conference July, 2012 Copenhagen

GBIC 2012 will bring together a diverse group of experts from around the world, to develop a vision and set of priorities for biodiversity informatics for the coming decade.
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New poppy blight poised to boost opium price

New poppy blight poised to boost opium price | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A fresh blight is poised to hit Afghanistan's poppy fields this year, driving up opium prices and threatening to fuel a shift to potentially lethal heroin substitutes like "krokodil", the U.N. drugs watchdog said on Tuesday.
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A New Argument for the 10,000-Mile Diet: Is Locavorism a Crock?

A New Argument for the 10,000-Mile Diet: Is Locavorism a Crock? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
From economic arguments to environmental impact, a new book argues against eating local. (RT @GOOD: A new argument for the 10,000-mile diet: Is locavorism a crock?
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Learn about Growing Heirloom Vegetables

Learn about Growing Heirloom Vegetables | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @National_Ag_Lib: Yearning to taste an Abraham Lincoln tomato or a Naked Seeded Pumpkin?
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Nominate an Anti-Hunger Champion Working at Home or Abroad

Nominate an Anti-Hunger Champion Working at Home or Abroad | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. It represents a $3.5 billion pledge to address the root causes of hunger and poverty in the developing world.
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What Can We Learn From Mennonites' Pee Samples?

What Can We Learn From Mennonites' Pee Samples? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A pilot study discovered that levels of BPA in pregnant Mennonite women were four times lower than the national median. (RT @SpandaFoundatio: What Can We Learn From Mennonites' Pee Samples?
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Human Resource Allocations in African Agricultural Research: What Do The Data Tell Us?

Human Resource Allocations in African Agricultural Research: What Do The Data Tell Us? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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Developing your personal digital marketing strategy: A guide for academics

Developing your personal digital marketing strategy: A guide for academics | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @history_punk: Academics are told to blog & tweet - but no one offers advice on where to start!
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Going organic in agriculture: Will consumers support farmers?

Going organic in agriculture: Will consumers support farmers?Daily News & AnalysisHow can we sustain agro-biodiversity and incentivise majority of organic producers, in the process helping ourselves through better health and quality of life?
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Pizza in the classroom

Pizza in the classroom | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
You may have seen the BBC piece about how to make a nutritionally balanced pizza. What you may not have realized, though, is that Prof.
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The real wealth of nations - The Economist (2012)

The real wealth of nations - The Economist (2012) | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

“WEALTH is not without its advantages,” John Kenneth Galbraith once wrote, “and the case to the contrary, although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.” Despite the obvious advantages of wealth, nations do a poor job of keeping count of their own. They may boast about their abundant natural resources, their skilled workforce and their world-class infrastructure. But there is no widely recognised, monetary measure that sums up this stock of natural, human and physical assets.


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Welsh botanists create plant database

Welsh botanists create plant database | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Botanists in Wales have created a database of more than 1,000 plant species which they hope will help with conservation and health research.

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Erna Bennett (5 August 1925–3 January 2012)

Erna Bennett (5 August 1925–3 January 2012) Content Type Journal ArticleCategory ObituaryPages 1-4DOI 10.1007/s10722-012-9872-0Authors Peter Hanelt, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), 06466 Gatersleben, GermanyHelmut...
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Tune in Here to the Eating Planet Launch!

Tune in Here to the Eating Planet Launch! | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @NourishPlanet: What questions do you have for @BarillaCFN and @NourishPlanet? Have them answered!
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Chile peppers are for the birds!

Chile peppers are for the birds! | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
But we like them too. There are just too many interesting things about Capsicum to squeeze into one post! First of all, they are not actually related to pepper. They are in the Solanaceae family, h...
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Trees, grass, carbon dioxide and the battle for dominance

Trees, grass, carbon dioxide and the battle for dominance | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
GrrlScientist: A new study shows that increasing carbon dioxide levels favour trees over grass, suggesting that large regions of Africa's savannas may be forests by the end of this century (RT @KewGIS: Trees, grass and gas: the battle for dominance...
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