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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Chinese scientists call for ban on bear farming

Chinese scientists call for ban on bear farming | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) -- Three Chinese scientists, Xia Sheng, Haolin Zhang and Qiang Weng, all from Beijing Forest University, have published a correspondence paper in the science journal Nature, calling for a ban on the practice of bear farming in China.
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Extinct bumblebee to return to Britain's countryside

The return of a bumblebee species extinct in the UK for nearly a quarter of a century has moved a big step forward. (RT @restorm: Extinct bumblebee to return to Britain's countryside: let's restore more native pollinators!
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30 Years of the Farming Systems Trial at the Rodale Institute

30 Years of the Farming Systems Trial at the Rodale Institute | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @RodaleInstitute: Organic CAN feed the world. Our Farming Systems Trial proves it. 30 years of data. Indisputable.
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Agricultural biodiversity project to tackle poor nutrition

Agricultural biodiversity project to tackle poor nutrition | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A collaboration to mainstream biodiversity conservation and sustainable use for improved human nutrition will be launched at the World Nutrition Rio Congress 2012 this weekend.
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Big scale policies won't work!

Big scale policies won't work! | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Interview > Cornelia Butler Flora - Cornelia Butler Flora, a professor at the Iowa State University explains why we should work on small-scale rather than big-scale policies and why she is skeptical about possibility to mainstream agroecological...
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Welsh Potato Day

Welsh Potato Day | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
MT @PotatoCouncil: Register now for the inaugural Welsh Potato Day, May 3 http://t.co/TyT6Vj4r...
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Superstars of botany: Rare specimens

Superstars of botany: Rare specimens | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A handful of plant collectors has shaped the field of botany. Now they are disappearing, and there are no clear successors.
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Agriculture and Human Values, Volume 29, Number 1

RT @portulan: Agriculture and Human Values, #GMO crops and their effects on varietal diversity: a case of Bt eggplant in India http://t.co/GwvYySzX...
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Mission to map 10 million species in 50 years

Mission to map 10 million species in 50 years | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
There are an estimated 10 million more species to be discovered.

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Impact of modern agricultural technologies on smallholder welfare: Evidence from Tanzania and Ethiopia - Asfaw &al (2012) - Food Pol

This paper evaluates the potential impact of adoption of improved legume technologies on rural household welfare measured by consumption expenditure in rural Ethiopia and Tanzania. The study utilizes cross-sectional farm household level data collected in 2008 from a randomly selected sample of 1313 households (700 in Ethiopia and 613 in Tanzania). The causal impact of technology adoption is estimated by utilizing endogenous switching regression. This helps us estimate the true welfare effect of technology adoption by controlling for the role of selection problem on production and adoption decisions. Our analysis reveals that adoption of improved agricultural technologies has a significant positive impact consumption expenditure (in per adult equivalent terms) in rural Ethiopia and Tanzania. This confirms the potential role of technology adoption in improving rural household welfare as higher consumption expenditure from improved technologies translate into lower poverty, higher food security and greater ability to withstand risk. An analysis of the determinants of adoption highlighted inadequate local supply of seed, access to information and perception about the new cultivars as key constraints for technology adoption.


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BGI picking off CG Centres one by one

ICRISAT is the latest CGIAR Centre to get into bed with the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), following IRRI and CIAT.
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Is this the banana your grandchildren will eat? - Boing Boing

Is this the banana your grandchildren will eat? - Boing Boing | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @BoingBoing: Is this the banana your grandchildren will eat?
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BGI

BGI | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
With a goal of excellence, high efficiency, and accuracy, BGI has successfully completed a large numerous projects.
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CIAT in pictures - the best of - a set on Flickr

Pictures showing the diversity of work undertaken by the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) to promote eco-efficient agriculture and improve rural livelihoods.
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Publications - The Custodians of Biodiversity

Publications - The Custodians of Biodiversity | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

RT @IDRC_CRDI: ‘The Custodians of Biodiversity’ – le livre du mois au #CRDI!

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Farming moved north with southern farmers

This is going to be all over the serious (and not so serious) blogs and news outlets, because it grabs the imagination better than a punch of burnt old seeds.
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Power to the People - Slow food

Power to the People - Slow food | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Slow foodPower to the PeopleSlow foodIn 2011, with the position paper Towards a New Common Agricultural Policy, Slow Food launched the Slow Europe campaign, calling for European policies that support sustainable small-scale producers, protect...
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Erny Osterberg

Erny Osterberg | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Poti Campos has added a photo to the pool:...
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Navajo Lamb Feast | Roasted Spring Leg of Lamb Recipe

Navajo Lamb Feast | Roasted Spring Leg of Lamb Recipe | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Navajo Lamb Feast: A spring reservation feast introduces native food traditions to a fourth Navajo generation.
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Evolving Health: The future of nutrition research

RT @daviddespain: New #EB2012 post: The Future of Nutrition Research (6 areas) http://t.co/cQ33DZwi...
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All in a day’s work at Heritage Farm

All in a day’s work at Heritage Farm | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
All in a day’s work at Heritage Farm http://t.co/eP8CPVrl...
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Pod corn develops leaves in the inflorescences

Pod corn develops leaves in the inflorescences | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
In a variant of maize known as pod corn, or tunicate maize, the maize kernels on the cob are not 'naked' but covered by long membranous husks known as glumes.

Via CIMMYT, Int.
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GLOBAL: Interview with Nobel prize winner Elinor Ostrom on climate change

GLOBAL: Interview with Nobel prize winner Elinor Ostrom on climate change | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The governance of natural resources like land, the oceans, rivers and the atmosphere, can affect the impact of some of the world’s biggest crises caused by natural events like droughts and floods.

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Bug becomes instantly resistant to insecticide by swallowing the right bacteria

Bug becomes instantly resistant to insecticide by swallowing the right bacteria | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Animals | Many insects eventually evolve to resist insecticides. This process typically takes many generations and involves tweaks to the insect’s genes. But there is a (RT @edyong209: Open-source resistance!
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Why Carrots are Orange (And 5 Non-Orange Carrots to Grow in Your Garden)

Why Carrots are Orange (And 5 Non-Orange Carrots to Grow in Your Garden) | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The first carrots grown by farmers and gardeners were not orange. So why is orange the predominant color available today? (RT @ellengustafson: Interesting carrot history!
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