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Agricultural Biodiversity
Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Report identifies gaps in research on agriculture for nutrition - SciDev.Net

Report identifies gaps in research on agriculture for nutrition - SciDev.Net | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Research on agriculture for nutrition fails to address issues such as the effects of agricultural policy changes on nutrition, says a UK report.
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African Rice

African Rice | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Reblogged from Tangerine and Cinnamon: I’ve recently finished lecturing an undergraduate course on African history up until 1914.
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Put nutrition on the agenda

Put nutrition on the agenda | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The sweet potato is a superhero. It's a symbol in the fight for a global nutrition plan that can save millions of children and help build a healthier and more productive future.
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Fungus expert celebrates rare 10,000th citation

Fungus expert celebrates rare 10,000th citation | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A 1990 publication by John Taylor, professor of plant and microbial biology, hit a rare benchmark when it was cited for the 10,000th time, according to Google Scholar.
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Letter From The Editor: Organics

Letter From The Editor: Organics | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
In the West, Kroger stores go by the circus-like name of King Soopers in the cities and City Markets in the mountain towns of the Rockies.
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Interview with Joseph, an Extension Officer in Kenya

Joseph, an extension officer in Kenya, reflects on how local farmers' livelihoods have changed in recent years and his expectations for the future. Footage g...
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Learning the Lore of Far-Flung Flora

Learning the Lore of Far-Flung Flora | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Ethnobotanist Michael Balick has made a career out of swooping in on indigenous cultures, living with the local people and documenting their unique relationship with plants.
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How has Gataka changed in 20 years?

How has Gataka changed in 20 years? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
How has Gataka changed in 20 years?, a set on Flickr.
Communications. Roads. Electricity. Water. Extension. Diversification. How difficult can rural development be?
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Comparing costs for different conservation strategies of garlic (Allium sativum L.) germplasm in genebanks

Abstract  The maintenance of plant genetic resources in living plant collections (genebanks) causes costs due to employment of staff,
usage of buildings, equipment and consumables.
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Taro help is at hand

It was a couple of years ago that we started talking about the arrival of taro leaf blight in West Africa, and the possible role that resistant material from the Pacific might have in averting a catastrophe.
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Talking Plants: What's that plant? If it's in Uganda, Kenya or Tanzania, ask Kew.

Talking Plants: What's that plant? If it's in Uganda, Kenya or Tanzania, ask Kew. | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @TimEntwisle: #Talkingplants >>> What's that plant?
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Millennium Villages

Millennium Villages | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Together we can end extreme poverty.Learn more at millenniumvillages.org (RT @earthinstitute: RT @mvillages: #Rwanda to Scale Up Millennium Villages Approach Nationwide http://t.co/UFQB9xrN...)...
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Agrobiodiversity surveys galore

Within days of each other, surveys have been announced on Who is working on agricultural biodiversity? and On-farm management of PGRFA. I don’t know if there’s a connection between the two. Is something brewing out there?
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Plant breeders respond to climate-related stresses in multiple ways

Plant breeders respond to climate-related stresses in multiple ways | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Bioversity recently undertook an in-depth study of 'Availability of Plant Genetic Resources in Times of Climate and Policy Change for the CGIAR Research Program, CCAFS.
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The green tea ecosystem of Shizuoka - OurWorld 2.0 | OurWorld 2.0

The green tea ecosystem of Shizuoka - OurWorld 2.0 | OurWorld 2.0 | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Traditional green tea farming practices in Shizouka, Japan, are key in preserving the biodiversity of the region's semi-natural grasslands.
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Greenpeace’s Golden Rice stand should appall us all

Greenpeace’s Golden Rice stand should appall us all | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Genetically engineered crops do far more than improve people’s health. They can dramatically boost yields in places such as Africa (RT @franknfoode: Are you also appalled at @Greenpeace?
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Remembering 9/11 with a meal grown at Ground Zero

Remembering 9/11 with a meal grown at Ground Zero | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
On the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, "Four Fish" author Paul Greenberg assembles an entire meal out of foods grown or caught just 300 yards due west of the World Trade Center site.
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Royal Society names refrigeration, pasteurisation and canning as greatest three inventions in the history of food and drink | Royal Society

The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, has today named the fridge, pasteurised milk, and the tin can as the three most significant inventions in the history of food and drink.
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Bee study lifts lid on hive habits

Bee study lifts lid on hive habits | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Experiments on division of labour among honeybees reveal why some worker bees are foragers while others nurse their queens (RT @james_randerson: Fascinating study into how epigenetic markers affect behaviour in bees
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Multiple domestications of the Mesoamerican gene pool of lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus L.): evidence from chloroplast DNA sequences

Abstract  The Mesoamerican (MA) gene pool of lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus L.) is widely distributed from northern Mexico to northern Argentina in its wild forms and from the southern United States to the east coast of Brazil in its domesticated...
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Well-designed IPR legislation is critical for small-scale farmers to ...

Farmers' rights are about enabling farmers to continue as stewards and innovators of agro-biodiversity, and about rewarding them for their contribution ......
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The Phytophactor: Cost of chocolate

The Phytophactor: Cost of chocolate | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Cost of chocolate."Pay up, or go cold turkey." http://t.co/h729deRm...
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BERNAMA - Pacific Agency Builds Plant Genetics Hub

Pacific centre for crops and trees gets into virus indexing.
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Neglected crops: why it is critical we increase food diversity

Neglected crops: why it is critical we increase food diversity | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
As the IUCN World Conservation Congress comes to a close this weekend, Bioversity scientists Stefano Padulosi and Carlo Fadda look at why  crop diversity is vital for food security in a report from the joint Bioversity International and CIFOR...
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Support a plant breeder

One of the strangest crowdsourcing appeals I’ve ever seen landed in my in-tray this morning. Sarvari Research Trust, onlie begetters of Sarpo potatoes, are looking for £5000 in order to bring a new variety to market.
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