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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, pets, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc...
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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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The role of global Crop Commons in supporting livelihoods and food security

Emile Frison, Director General of Bioversity International speaking at the International Association of the Study of the Commons conference today about the role of global Crop Commons in supporting livelihoods and food security.
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How much would it cost to save chocolate?

The cacao community has a global strategy out for the conservation and sustainable use of cacao genetic resources.
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Will Ecuador benefit from wild tomato genes?

Will Ecuador benefit from wild tomato genes? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A tweet alerted me to a story about the value of genes in crop wild relatives.
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La "papa culebra" de Mistura

LIMA.-  El Perú es conocido por sus variedades de papas, pero el nombre de algunas traspasa la imaginación. Samuel Rivera fue a una chacra en Mistura 2012 y ... (Papa culebra.
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Evolutionary trees of traditional medicine plants provide hints for drug-makers | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine

Evolutionary trees of traditional medicine plants provide hints for drug-makers | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Discover Magazine | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Medicine & health | There’s a bizarre mindset that divides medicine into “natural” (made from plants; untainted by villainous pharmaceutical companies; delivered to your vein (RT @EveEmshwiller: #ethnobotany #phylogeny #medicine #botany What more...
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DOIs: it is 2012 and many taxonomic journals are STILL not using them! Why?

RT @taxacom: Ross Mounce [Taxacom] DOIs: it is 2012 and many taxonomic journals are STILL not using them! Why?

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Resistance to foliar diseases in a Mini-core Collection of Sorghum Germplasm

RT @CGIAR: Publication: Resistance to foliar diseases in a Mini-core Collection of Sorghum Germplasm http://t.co/FsPXHYjE #Ag4Dev...
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The glories of the harvest

The glories of the harvest | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The Big Picture, a wonderful round-up of great photographs hosted by The Boston Globe, takes a look at the harvest.
Wheat grain is poured into a truck on a farm in Great Wilbraham, United Kingdom on July 18, 2012.
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IUCN and Microsoft map threats to biodiversity

“We’re building an application that allows people to map those threats spatially,” Joppa explains.
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How vanilla is like Chanel No. 5

The Food Programme, on BBC Radio 4, has been running a little miniseries on spices: cloves, vanilla and mustard.
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Biodiversity offsets: the conservation debate

RT @IUCN: Biodiversity offsets: contentious or constructive solution? Join the debate!
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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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A couple of CWRs on the brink

The Top 100 Threatened Species list just released by IUCN, including in a nifty online booklet with nice photos, includes two crop wild relatives: Dioscorea strydomiana from South Africa and Lathyrus belinensis from Turkey.
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Açaí: could the wonder fruit also be wonderful for forests?

Açaí: could the wonder fruit also be wonderful for forests? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A joint workshop by Bioversity International and CIFOR at the IUCN World Conservation Congress looked at how demand for açaí's age-defying properties is leading to reforestation in Brazil rainforest, with smallholder forest management tending to be...
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Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Peppers

Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It: Peppers | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
What is it about the chile pepper that keeps us coming back for more, despite the (sometimes unbearable) pain? Why are some pepper varieties sweet? Read on for answers and discover why the pepper is the geekiest of fruits.
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How has Gataka changed in 20 years?

How has Gataka changed in 20 years? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
I started going up to Gataka, in the Limuru highlands, almost 20 years ago, to visit the then-prospective in-laws. How has life changed for them, and their small community, since then? Here are some of the ways.
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Susan MacMillan's comment, September 14, 2012 4:45 AM
Like your series on change in Limuru!
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Soapy taste of coriander linked to genetic variants

Soapy taste of coriander linked to genetic variants | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Dislike of herb traced to genes encoding odour and taste receptors.
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Farmers, chefs put buttermilk back on the table

Farmers, chefs put buttermilk back on the table | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Daniel Patry, the founder of Kate's Homemade Butter in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, has become the nation's first large-scale bottler of buttermilk.
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What’s wrong with this picture?

What’s wrong with this picture? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Slideshare is a great resource, but I’m always slightly worried I might be missing something. Take, for example, the presentation on the barriers to adoption by Haven D. Ley, just shared by the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative.
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Can cultivated species get their own Red List?

Can cultivated species get their own Red List? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Stefano Padulosi, a Bioversity senior scientist, (pictured here with Prof. MS Swaminathan at the IUCN World Conservation Congress this week in Korea), looks at the need to develop Red Lists for cultivated species, not just for wild biodiversity.
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Bringing conservation and agriculture together

Bringing conservation and agriculture together | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
"Biodiversity is a significant factor ...
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Putting ILRI's Genebank to Work

Seeds and plant samples from ILRI's Genebank possess genetic diversity that is being used to help livestock farmers worldwide feed their animals in the face ...
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