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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Integrating Apiculture in Riparian Buffers

Integrating Apiculture in Riparian Buffers | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @AgForInsight: Integrating Apiculture in Riparian Buffers http://t.co/9ceExnWf #agroforestry #bees via @AgroforestryBC...
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Agrobiodiversity education in context

Agrobiodiversity education in context | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A piece on “Generating the next generation” by Nigel Chaffey in his latest, always indispensable, Plant Cuttings had me trawling around for an hour or so last night amid botanical teaching resources, looking for stuff that might ...
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Nations need food security goals

Nations need food security goals | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

The biggest environmental summit for a decade must make meaningful progress on global food security and sustainable agriculture, say researchers. CGIAR, the world's largest publicly funded research body, has published a seven-point "call to action" plan. Ahead of the Rio gathering, scientists are calling for an improved commitment to deliver nutrition security and lessen the need to aid. Agriculture is estimated to provide jobs for 40% of the world's population. In its statement, CGIAR said: "Faced with environmental degradation, climate change... and a world population that is continuing to climb, it is critical for farm and natural resources management and policies to play a more central role in shaping the broader development and environmental agendas." The organisations listed a seven-point "call to action" list, which they will present at the gathering in the Brazilian city, including...


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Parallel domestication of the Shattering1 genes in cereals

Parallel domestication of the Shattering1 genes in cereals | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

"A key step in domestication of cereals was loss of seed shattering. Jianming Yu and colleagues show that seed shattering is controlled by alleles at Sh1 in sorghum."

 

(although Sh1 is not realy central to rice domestication, in which Sh4 is universal, and Sh1 is restricted to some japonica varieties only -- ed.)

 


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Inspired by Kingdom of Plants? Check out Plants and Arthropods: Friends or Foes?

Inspired by Kingdom of Plants? Check out Plants and Arthropods: Friends or Foes? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

The new Richard Attenborough program "Kindom of Plants" made at Kew gardens is airing in the UK. If you have been inspired by it or are looking forward to seeing it outside the UK later this year, many of the plant / insect interactions it covers can be found in TTPB 18. Resources include pictures, references and Teaching Guide.


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IGNOU admissions 2012: Now an online course on biodiversity - Indian Colleges

IGNOU admissions 2012: Now an online course on biodiversity - Indian Colleges | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Indian CollegesIGNOU admissions 2012: Now an online course on biodiversityIndian CollegesThe one month post graduate programme has been been developed by IGNOU's Chair of Sustainable Development (CSD) and covers topics such as the importance of biodiversity,...
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A roadmap to better mapping

Geographers and cartographers often use 2-3 three different software packages for data analysis: they will probably never settle around one tool, online at that, and create a ‘community’ of users there.
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Berry Go Round #51 | Gravity's Rainbow

Berry Go Round #51 | Gravity's Rainbow | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @DanielChamovitz: A great collection of botanical blog posts at the latest berry-go-round http://t.co/wU1SkoWx...
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Making international supply chains work better for smallholder farmers

Making international supply chains work better for smallholder farmers | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
  Related Blog: Barbara Crowther, Fairtrade Foundation Blog: A Fair Hearing for Fairtrade Report: International Supply Chains and Smallholder Farmers Making… (RT @SpandaFoundatio: Making international supply chains work better for smallholder farmers...
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'Extinct' bumblebee returns to UK

'Extinct' bumblebee returns to UK | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The short-haired bumblebee, which vanished from the UK in 1988, is being reintroduced to the Kent countryside.
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Reality TV show gives Kenyan farms a makeover

Reality TV show gives Kenyan farms a makeover | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Shamba Shape-Up, a Kenyan reality TV show, is helping farmers improve the condition and productivity of their farms.
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Still waiting for a decent way to map change in climate suitability

Still waiting for a decent way to map change in climate suitability | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
There seems — inevitably — to be something of a competition out there to produce maps of changes in climatic suitability for different crops. And I’m not saying that’s necessarily a bad thing.
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PhilRice exec urges farmers to think green, plant smart

PhilRice exec urges farmers to think green, plant smart | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
PhilRice exec urges farmers to think green, plant smartBusiness MirrorThe institute's gene bank houses more than 12000 accessions that serve as materials for breeding work.
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Sunflower guru bags medal

Sunflower guru bags medal | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
I don’t see it on its website yet, but the Linnean Society of London has just awarded the prestigious Darwin-Wallace Medal ‪to Loren Rieseberg, according to Twitter traffic.
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How to feed a planet, continued | The Economist

How to feed a planet, continued | The Economist | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Without the revolution in Brazil’s cerrado and the transformation of inefficient collective and state farms after the fall of communism, it is hard to imagine how the cities of Asia and Africa would have been fed. That raises disturbing questions about the future. The dramatic increase in imports in Asia and the Middle East and Africa seems certain to continue.


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Global Food Security UK - lots of photos, videos, links

Global Food Security UK - lots of photos, videos, links | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Saw an excellent lecture in Glasogw by Prof. Tim Benton, UK Champion for Global Food Security and Professor, University of Leeds. This site is full of nice graphics, images, videos and interactive modules looking at how science addresses food security issues.  This one's quite nice: http://www.foodsecurity.ac.uk/food/overview/index.html


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The active role of farmers in Malta

The active role of farmers in Malta | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The active role of farmersTimes of MaltaPC2: The positive and active role of Maltese farmers as stewards of agro-biodiversity and in the maintenance of the countryside and rural environment is encouraged.
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Biodiversity informatics information

Nice idea for the imminent Global Biodiversity Informatics Conference (2-4 July 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark) to have a Mendeley group. You know about our Brainfood group, right?
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As Rains Change, Citizens Turn to Planting Indigenous Trees

At the National Gene Bank of Kenya, part of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, indigenous seedlings are being produced for planting on deforested land.

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Bee Friendly Plants

Bee Friendly Plants | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @ShootGardening: @BumblebeeTrust Hi you gave us an article a few years ago listing bee friendly plants.
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Digging up the early history of an early peanut

I recently learned in a throw-away comment during the Q&A after a talk about the Vavilov Institute (VIR) genebank that until just a few years ago a single accession was the main source of early maturity in peanut, a line called Chico.
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The bogus quest for 'authentic' food

The bogus quest for 'authentic' food | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The word is plastered over cookbooks, ingredients and recipes, but just what is 'authentic' food?
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Small-scale farmers harvest against the odds in Niger

Small-scale farmers harvest against the odds in Niger | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Worsening drought is hitting harvests but agricultural innovations are helping (RT @IFADnews: RT @cgiarclimate: Small-scale farmers harvest against the odds in #Niger: http://t.co/pziY7BD4 @AlertNet...
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As rains change, Kenyans turn to planting indigenous trees

As rains change, Kenyans turn to planting indigenous trees | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
As rains change, Kenyans turn to planting indigenous treesReuters AlertNetAt the National Gene Bank of Kenya, part of the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, indigenous seedlings are being produced for planting on deforested land.
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