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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Mystery of Alaskan “Goo” Rust Solved at Last | The Artful Amoeba, Scientific American Blog Network

Mystery of Alaskan “Goo” Rust Solved at Last | The Artful Amoeba, Scientific American Blog Network | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Last fall the small Alaskan coastal village of Kivalina was inundated by a mysterious orange (RT @globalrust: Yet another kind of rust: RT @plantdisease: InTheNews - Mystery of Alaskan “Goo” Rust Solved at Last
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India Emerges as a Top Rice Exporter

India Emerges as a Top Rice Exporter | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Five months after lifting a ban on exports of cheaper varieties of rice, India has emerged as one of the world's top rice exporters.
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Bumblebees get by with a little help from their honeybee rivals

Bumblebees get by with a little help from their honeybee rivals | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Bumblebees can use cues from their rivals the honeybees to learn where the best food resources are, according to new research.
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Carolus Linnaeus’s Floral Clocks

Carolus Linnaeus’s Floral Clocks | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

It was Carolus Linnaeus back in the 18th century who, fond of personifying plants (mostly in regard to sex) named this phenomenon “sleep” in plants. Soon, he switched his focus from movements of leaves to the daily opening and closing of flowers and performed a broad study of the times of day when each flower species opened and closed.


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Agrobiodiversity, conservation & sustainable utilization - Call for papers

Agrobiodiversity, conservation & sustainable utilization - Call for papers | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
This conference, held in Langkawi, Malaysia, 25-27 September will discuss sustainable means of utilizing the region’s vast agricultural biodiversity to its fullest potential to address food security, climate change and sustainable agriculture.
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Cassava to beat climate change

Cassava will be able to cope with expected temperature rises of up to two degrees Celsius in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030, and could even be more productive, according to new research from a team of climate scientists.
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After 4 Years, Checking Up on The Svalbard Global Seed Vault - The Atlantic

After 4 Years, Checking Up on The Svalbard Global Seed Vault - The Atlantic | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The AtlanticAfter 4 Years, Checking Up on The Svalbard Global Seed VaultThe AtlanticJust a couple of weeks ago, for example, there was a fire in the national gene bank in the Philippines and two years before that they experienced a flood, so you don't...
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Presence of phylogeographic structure among wild diploid alfalfa accessions (Medicago sativa L. subsp. microcarpa Urb.) with evidence of the center of origin

Presence of phylogeographic structure among wild diploid alfalfa accessions (Medicago sativa L. subsp. microcarpa Urb.) with evidence of the center of origin | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Abstract  The genetic structure of wild germplasm on a macrogeographic scale has implications for collection and conservation of wild
genetic resources of economically important plants.
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Analyzing complex plant genomes with the newest next-generation DNA sequencing ... - Science Codex

Analyzing complex plant genomes with the newest next-generation DNA sequencing ... - Science Codex | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Science CodexAnalyzing complex plant genomes with the newest next-generation DNA sequencing ...Science CodexImage credits: Glycine gene expression (courtesy of Daniel Ilut); Root tip metaphase chromosomes of Tragopogon miscellus (courtesy of...
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The Enigma of Solanum maglia in the Origin of the Chilean Cultivated Potato, Solanum tuberosum Chilotanum Group1

The Enigma of Solanum maglia in the Origin of the Chilean Cultivated Potato, Solanum tuberosum Chilotanum Group1 | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Abstract  
The Enigma of
Solanum maglia
in the Origin of the Chilean Cultivated Potato,
Solanum tuberosum
Chilotanum Group.
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Five peas in a pod

Five peas in a pod | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
So, just to recap, that Afghan pea accession with resistance to a couple of different strains of Peronospora viciae (which causes downy mildew): PS 998 = WBH 2126 (Plant Breeding Institution, Weibullsholm, Landskrona) = NGB 102126 = ATC 2432...
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What makes a good country?

Is it not ironic that on the same day that Bill Gates suggests national targets and reports cards for agricultural productivity, boffins are decrying the use of unidimensional indicators of country-level success in another sphere?
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Padua Botanic Garden

Padua Botanic Garden | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

A gardener's view of a, well, garden.

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Following up on last year’s climate forecast workshop – what happened next? | CGIAR Climate

Following up on last year’s climate forecast workshop – what happened next? | CGIAR Climate | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Farmers in Senegal learned about probabilistic seasonal climate forecasting six months ago. Now CCAFS is following up on what they learned and how to improve their current knowledge.
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Norman Borlaug: The Man I Worked With and Knew - Annual Review of Phytopathology, 49(1):17

Norman Borlaug: The Man I Worked With and Knew - Annual Review of Phytopathology, 49(1):17 | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Here is a very nice, open access, recollection of Norman Borlaug, written by Sanjaya Rajaram. Good article for students to learn a bit of plant science history, and also includes some "Future Issues". Inspiring!


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Out Of Africa: A Heritage Of Health - WBUR

Out Of Africa: A Heritage Of Health - WBUR | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
WBUROut Of Africa: A Heritage Of HealthWBURNot so a diet with African origins. Some of you may know what foods and traditional ways of eating stem from Africa and the African Diaspora, and eat those foods regularly.
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Plants have a memory of pests that spans generations

Plants have a memory of pests that spans generations | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

In the age of industrial agriculture, seeds are often purchased in bulk from corporate growers that use heavy doses of pesticides. They then travel many miles to a farm where climate, soil and pest conditions are dramatically different. As a result, crops often encounter new ailments that never impacted first generation seed plants, which may have been protected from the most troublesome invaders. This might not be the best approach, based on three studies published in the February issue of Plant Physiology. Not only does adversity in the parent generation appear to make the seed stronger, but it primes plants to fight the specific ailments that plagued their parents.


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Checking In With The Remote And Beautiful Seed Vault In The Arctic Circle On ... - Business Insider

Checking In With The Remote And Beautiful Seed Vault In The Arctic Circle On ... - Business Insider | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Business InsiderChecking In With The Remote And Beautiful Seed Vault In The Arctic Circle On ...Business InsiderJust a couple of weeks ago, for example, there was a fire in the national gene bank in the Philippines and two years before that they experienced...
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Niche Product Markets: A Silver Bullet for Agrobiodiversity ...

Niche Product Markets: A Silver Bullet for Agrobiodiversity ... | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A mixture of private goods (e.g. related to farm production of food and fodder) and public goods (such as improved resilience at the landscape level) arise from the maintenance of agrobiodiversity. But public goods are often ...
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Control by seed - The Express Tribune

Control by seed - The Express Tribune | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The Express TribuneControl by seedThe Express TribuneTo the farmers of Iraq, Abu Ghraib was better known for the national seed gene bank, started in the early 70s. In fact, Iraq's most well-known wheat variety is known as 'Abu Ghraib'.
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Indigenous peoples at forefront of climate change offer lessons on plant ... - Science Codex

Indigenous peoples at forefront of climate change offer lessons on plant ... - Science Codex | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Indigenous peoples at forefront of climate change offer lessons on plant ...Science CodexTheir agrobiodiversity includes species rarely grown outside of indigenous agriculture.
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Free Technology for Teachers: iNaturalist - Record and Share Observations of Nature @rmbyrne

Free Technology for Teachers: iNaturalist - Record and Share Observations of Nature @rmbyrne | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

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Detection of duplicates among repatriated Nordic spring barley (Hordeum vulgare L. s.l.) accessions using agronomic and morphological descriptors and microsatellite markers

Detection of duplicates among repatriated Nordic spring barley (Hordeum vulgare L. s.l.) accessions using agronomic and morphological descriptors and microsatellite markers | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Abstract  Duplicate accessions in gene banks may be increasing while funding resources to maintain them are not always available.
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Crowdsourcing land cover data

You know how we’ve occasionally wondered out loud here whether it might be possible to crowdsource information on the geographic distribution of a crop (or indeed crop wild relatives), or even of threats to crop diversity.
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Pre-Columbian cherry picking by the New York Times

Pre-Columbian cherry picking by the New York Times | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

"But, how can we draw conclusions about how pre-Columbian Amazonia looked like on the basis of something that we don't even know what it is?"

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