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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Study highlights food risk hotspots

Study highlights food risk hotspots | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

The poorest societies may be more able to adapt to the threat climate change poses to food supplies than their slightly richer peers, a new study suggests. 'It turns out that the very poor and the relatively wealthy are less vulnerable than the group in the middle,' says Dr Evan Fraser, a researcher specialising in food production and its relation to social and economic conditions who works both in the geography department of the University of Guelph in Canada, and at the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds.


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Pretty special Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Resources online

The 25th anniversary special issue of the Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Resources (IJPGR) is available by permission from the Bioversity International website. Though this is subject to some restrictions on re-use, it is nevertheless pretty cool.
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Agroecology and transition in agriculture

Agroecology and transition in agriculture | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Philippe Baret, Professor at the University of Louvain (Belgium), set up Philagri web site with a section dedicated to transition in agriculture that brings together a number of interesting papers on agroecology and the ...
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Plant genetic resources policies in India

With the kind permission of the Indian Society of Plant Genetic Resources (the holder of the copyrights to the articles), we introduce this special issue of the Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Reso...
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Sonalika searching

A blog post from CIMMYT presented a welcome opportunity to play around with a range of online information resources on wheat varieties, despite the fact that some of the links are broken.
So let’s say you want to find out about a particular variety.
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Protecting a life saving tree in the heart of Africa

Protecting a life saving tree in the heart of Africa | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
How the conservation and sustainable use of Prunus africana is improving the lives of small-scale farmers in Africa.
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Elders in Peruvian Andes Help Interpret Climate Changes

Elders in Peruvian Andes Help Interpret Climate Changes | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A unique response to the challenge of global warming is happening in rural areas of Peru, where a network of indigenous elders is working out how to adjust weather forecasts in the light of climate change, while taking measures to safeguard their...
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Improving Education and Climate Change Adaptation Across the Pacific

Australia and SPC: committed to improving education and climate change adaptation across the Pacific (RT @WorldFishCenter: The #Pacific receives AU$4.4 boost for #climate change adaptation, #fisheries & coastal resource mngmnt projects
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In Mongolia, nomads fight a different enemy: advancing desert

In Mongolia, nomads fight a different enemy: advancing desert | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
As the threat of desertification grows higher, a nomadic tribesman in Inner Mongolia is leading his community in their fight against the menace (RT @RECOFTC: Mongolians planting trees to fight back the advancing desert
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The Food Programme and some of its meta-narratives

I’ve been catching up on the BBC’s Food Programme by way of its handy podcasts, and, amid a certain amount of fare that, it must be said, can perhaps most charitably be described as filling, there have been some undoubted gourmet morsels.
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'Stay green' DNA helps crops in drought

'Stay green' DNA helps crops in drought | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
ScienceAlert'Stay green' DNA helps crops in droughtScienceAlertThe ICARDA gene bank holds the largest collection of barley genetic resources in the world, including wild types and land races with tremendous potential for genetic variation in...
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Ogba Zoological Garden… a tourist centre to behold

Ogba Zoological Garden… a tourist centre to behold | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
BusinessDayOgba Zoological Garden… a tourist centre to beholdBusinessDayIt is a gene bank where you can find rare species of flora and fauna. It is of interest for scientific research, in fact many universities come here for fieldwork.
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Plant Diversity in Hmong and Mien Homegardens in Northern Thailand

Plant Diversity in Hmong and Mien Homegardens in Northern Thailand | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Plant Diversity in Hmong and Mien Homegardens in Northern Thailand.
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Fight against counterfeit seeds stepped up

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa has launched an anti-fake seed agency in Nairobi, Kenya to step up the fight against counterfeit seeds, at a time when counterfeit seeds are becoming increasingly available at local markets,...
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FAO-Spain Award to Jose Esquinas Alcázar

The Director of CEHAP, Jose Esquinas Alcázar, has received last week from the hands of her Majesty the Queen of Spain and in the presence of the Director General of FAO, the FAO-Spain Award to his whole life dedication ...
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Agricultural biodiversity in the Americas

Agricultural biodiversity in the Americas | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Dr. Marleni Ramirez, Regional Director for Bioversity International's Americas Office in Colombia, talks about why the rich agricultural biodiversity in the Americas is vital for our future food security.
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Talking tomato Today

Dr Sandra Knapp of the Botany Department of the Natural History Museum in London was interviewed by the BBC’s Today Programme this morning about the tomato genome. You can hear her 54:20 minutes in, or, if that doesn’t work, here.
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Office bacteria all around us, especially in men's offices

Men's offices have significantly more bacteria than women's, and the office bacterial communities of New York and San Francisco are indistinguishable, according to a study published May 30 in the open-access journal PLoS ONE.
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Social learning: A possible pathway to transformative change?

Social learning: A possible pathway to transformative change? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Social learning might have a valuable place in a research context, where communication and participation are key in gaining an understanding for the field as well as information from involved stakeholders.
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Honing skills in scientific writing for publishing

Honing skills in scientific writing for publishing | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @CIMMYT: 15 scientists in #Kenya discover the #secret to writing scientific papers for peer reviewed journals:http://t.co/c78DrQfk #science #workshop...
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Millennium Villages Project: Success? Failure? Unknown?–The controversy continues

Millennium Villages Project: Success? Failure? Unknown?–The controversy continues | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Young boys in Malawi on a break from class pose for the camera at The United Nations Millennium Villages Project (photo on Flickr by whl.travel). The Economist has started an interesting new blog,...
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Cows in Malawi are a Daughter’s Piggy Bank

Cows in Malawi are a Daughter’s Piggy Bank | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Baptista and Belia Mzukani have big plans for their daughter, Esnart. At 9 months old the baby is sharp and healthy, and her parents are laying the groundwork for her to stay that way.
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Uniting the conversation

We recently read Sweeping the Sleaze, by Oliver Reichenstein, and agreed with much of what he said. So we got rid of the various sharing buttons on this blog, which weren’t actually being used all that much.
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Chile to house South America's first microbial gene bank

Chile to house South America's first microbial gene bank | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Chile to house South America's first microbial gene bankSantiago TimesIn a conference to announce the new plan, INIA National Director Pedro Bustos Valdivia said that just as gene banks conserve flora so as to regenerate biodiversity in the case of...
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The tomato genome sequence provides insights into fleshy fruit evolution : Nature : Nature Publishing Group

The tomato genome sequence provides insights into fleshy fruit evolution : Nature : Nature Publishing Group | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) is a major crop plant and a model system for fruit development. Solanum is one of the largest angiosperm genera and includes annual and perennial plants from diverse habitats.
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