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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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The Pacific connection

The Pacific connection | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Efforts to conserve Pacific bananas aim to raise awareness on their importance and shed light on their tangled history.
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Spatial analysis manual now available Spanish

Spatial analysis manual now available Spanish | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Good news for Spanish-speaking readers interested in spatial analysis based on GIS applications. Our Training Manual on Spatial Analysis of Plant Diversity and Distribution, first published in 2010, is now available in Spanish.
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Khat cultivation in Ethiopia fuels economy, reduces deforestation

Khat cultivation in Ethiopia fuels economy, reduces deforestation | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

...makes people sick...

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Felipe Calderón inauguró centro genético en Jalisco

Felipe Calderón inauguró centro genético en Jalisco | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Felipe Calderón inauguró centro genético en Jalisco. New Mexican national genebank opened. http://t.co/an3jn7Dm @CGIAR there in strength.
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Cassava varieties in Ghana

Cassava varieties in Ghana | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Call me old-fashioned, but I have a soft spot for this kind of poster. This was at CSIR’s Plant Genetic Resources Institute, Bunso, Ghana.
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I Finally Visited a Millennium Village: Some Reflections

I Finally Visited a Millennium Village: Some Reflections | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
I finally visited a Millennium Village, the Koraro Cluster, in the northern Tigray region of Ethiopia (estimated regional population is 4.5 million people).
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Khat cultivation in Ethiopia fuels economy, reduces deforestation

Khat cultivation in Ethiopia fuels economy, reduces deforestation | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
BOGOR, Indonesia (21 March, 2012)_Khat -- a leafy plant used as a natural stimulant in the Horn of Africa – has become the backbone of the region’s economy, providing the main source of income for farmers, as well as jobs for thousands of others...
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Calories Are Everywhere, Yet Hard to Track

Although calories are talked about constantly, few people have a true understanding of what they are and how they work.
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Seven livestock leaders speak out on a global agenda

Those interested in the future of the livestock sector—particularly in its potential to help alleviate world poverty and hunger without harming human health and the environment—will want to watch this 10-minute film of brief comments made by seven...
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The return of the variance: intraspecific variability in community ecology

The return of the variance: intraspecific variability in community ecology | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @GrasslandSocSA: The return of the variance: intraspecific variability in community ecology...
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Are Property Rights the Path out of Poverty?

Are Property Rights the Path out of Poverty? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @PLAASuwc: Are Property Rights the Path out of Poverty?
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FAO: List of Information Systems

FAO: List of Information Systems | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The Knowledge Forum aims at promoting and sharing the knowledge produced by the organization through a number of advisory and guidance services and by providing access to appropriate tools and resources (RT @FAOKnowledge: Interested in forest...
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Retrotransposons Control Fruit-Specific, Cold-Dependent Accumulation of Anthocyanins in Blood Oranges

Traditionally, Sicilian blood oranges (Citrus sinensis) have been associated with cardiovascular health, and consumption has been shown to prevent obesity in mice fed a high-fat diet. Despite increasing consumer interest in these health-promoting attributes, production of blood oranges remains unreliable due largely to a dependency on cold for full color formation. We show that Sicilian blood orange arose by insertion of a Copia-like retrotransposon adjacent to a gene encoding Ruby, a MYB transcriptional activator of anthocyanin production.


Via John Innes Centre, Annals of Botany: Plant Science Research
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Wild grains in Israel show effects of global warming - Haaretz

Wild grains in Israel show effects of global warming - Haaretz | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
HaaretzWild grains in Israel show effects of global warmingHaaretz"We have a large gene bank and we are constantly trying to find ways to upgrade cultivars," he said.
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Cultivating wild forest vegetables

Cultivating wild forest vegetables | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Agfax - Reporting Science in Africa: Cultivating wild forest vegetables Interview by Martha Chindong - download or listen to audio (Cultivating wild forest vegetables in W Africa: Gnetum.
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Protecting our food crops

Protecting our food crops | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
ITPGRFA secretary http://t.co/YGM62FRp knocks em dead Down Under. http://t.co/5D6pf9BA Did he visit this?
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Australian PlantBank to safeguard diversity

Australian PlantBank to safeguard diversity | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The largest seed bank in the southern hemisphere is being constructed in Sydney's south-west to help prevent a loss to the planet's diversity of flora.
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Crop biofortification

A GROWTH rate of 1.2 per cent was estimated in the agriculture sector of the country during 2010-11 with a significant increase in staple food crops like wheat, maize and sugarcane.
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Coffee harvest gets underway in Rwanda

Coffee harvest gets underway in Rwanda | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @g4h: RT @kigaliwire: "I’ve never tasted coffee," says coffee farmer as harvest gets underway - Kigali Wire http://t.co/z74EwB0X - #rwanda...
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Edible Medicinal And Non Medicinal Plants

Edible Medicinal And Non Medicinal Plants | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
This book continues as volume 3 of a multi-compendium on Edible Medicinal and Non-Medicinal Plants. It covers edible fruits/seeds used fresh, cooked or processed into other food products, or used as vegetables, spices, stimulants, ...
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Residual soil phosphorus as the missing piece in the global phosphorus crisis puzzle

RT @plantbiology: PNAS 'Residual soil phosphorus as the missing piece in the global phosphorus crisis puzzle' http://t.co/kq6lYpcB...
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School dropout makes a mint from rice

School dropout makes a mint from rice | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
It is hard to imagine that someone who dropped out of school at the age of 15 would go on to become a millionaire, but Le Van Chinh, a farmer from Phu Khanh Village in southern Tra Vinh Province, has done just that thanks to his strong...
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New FAO Statistical Yearbook links figures to trends

New FAO Statistical Yearbook links figures to trends | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @1billionhungry: Did you know two thirds of the #hungry live in just 7 countries?
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Livestock herding and resource management: Good (natural, rangeland) bedfellows

Livestock herding and resource management: Good (natural, rangeland) bedfellows | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Livestock herding in Niger (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann). Pastoralism—herding cattle, sheep, goats and other ruminant animals to find new grazing grounds—should be recognized as a key sector...
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Samoan breadfruit comes to Ghana

Samoan breadfruit comes to Ghana | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
I did not see anything in the Ghanaian media during my time there last week about the recent introduction of two breadfruit varieties to the country, though it has made the Samoan media recently (as well as late last year).
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