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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, pets, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc...
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Experts dispute recent study that claims little impact by pre-Columbian tribes in Amazon

Experts dispute recent study that claims little impact by pre-Columbian tribes in Amazon | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A study last month in the journal Science argued that pre-Columbian peoples had little impact on the western and central Amazon, going against a recently composed picture of the early Amazon inhabited by large, sophisticated populations influencing...
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GCP now, then, and after

GCP now, then, and after | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Where we’ve come from, where we are, and where we’re going Travel with Dave from the beginning – and before the beginning – of GCP, and how the Programme will be brought to an orderly close.
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A food politics thought for the weekend: treatment vs. prevention

A food politics thought for the weekend: treatment vs. prevention | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @marionnestle: A food politics thought for the weekend: treatment vs.
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France loses its harvest wild flowers

France loses its harvest wild flowers | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

With changes in crop cycles, specialised seeds, deep ploughing and land with poor productivity being set aside, wild flowers have been driven to the edges of fields, where they struggle to survive. In the Paris area, a third of them have disappeared already and another third is threatened with extinction. The poppy is still abundant all over France, but corncockle and darnel, among others, are in a precarious situation.

Botanists started being worried in the 1960s, because the flowers are a good indication of biodiversity on farmland, and they provide food for many pollinating insects. In the long term losing these pollinators will damage farming itself, because even cereals need to be pollinated.


Via Annals of Botany: Plant Science Research, Marybeth Shea
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A Leader in Climate-Friendly Coffee

RT @RnfrstAlliance: A Leader in Climate-Friendly Coffee: http://t.co/5eh0Mt6M #coffee #climatechange...
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Recipe for chickpea success in Tropical Legumes I (TLI) - Part 4: Farmer participation

For those with a sweet-tooth, GCP TV offers the final course of its 'recipe for chickpea success', as genomics guru Rajeev K Varshney and breeders Paul Kimur...
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Maps of Peruvian maize races

Maps of Peruvian maize races | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A very attractive map of the races of Maize found in Peru posted on Facebook sent me scurrying for the source. Turns out it was put out by the Ministry of the Environment last year.
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Sesame Utilization in China: New Archaeobotanical Evidence from Xinjiang

Sesame Utilization in China: New Archaeobotanical Evidence from Xinjiang | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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Sesame Utilization in China: New Archaeobotanical Evidence from Xinjiang. A cache of sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) seeds, discovered in the Thousand Buddha Grottoes at Boziklik, Turpan, China, dating to ca.
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Chickpeas: Toughening a tough crop for tougher times by healing its Achilles’ heel

Chickpeas: Toughening a tough crop for tougher times by healing its Achilles’ heel | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
It's all about water and weakness – or strength. The Greek legend has it that Achilles was dipped into River Styx by his mother, Thetis, in order to make him invulnerable.
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Submissions open for ArcaDeli Award 2012

The Arca-Deli Awards are presented annually (starting 2011) to products and services of locally adapted livestock breeds and cultivated plants.
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Dominic Dyer, the CPA, and a Serious Lapse by the New Statesman

Dominic Dyer, the CPA, and a Serious Lapse by the New Statesman | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Why bother doing it myself when someone else had already stuck the knife in The New Statesman.
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The Daily Plant: Native or Immigrant? The prickly pear's identity crisis

The Daily Plant: Native or Immigrant? The prickly pear's identity crisis | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The prickly pear as metaphor is apt and appropriate.
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Edible Aroids > Home

Edible Aroids > Home | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A website for the International Network for Edible Aroids, a consortium of 16 countries and five European research institutes.
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History and Research Converge in American Chestnut Reintroduction

History and Research Converge in American Chestnut Reintroduction | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
“...my parents’ conservation ethic is something that I have always lived.” http://t.co/aPOt5wLI...
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Thinking about nutrition as an investment

Thinking about nutrition as an investment | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Only 0.5% of the US foreign assistance go towards improving nutrition. Forty eight percent goes towards “security.” Improving nutrition in children can make huge strides in securing n...

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No scientific evidence showing organic is better

No scientific evidence showing organic is better | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

The modern food supply is constantly under attack by activists with a fundamental mistrust of science and technology. We have NGOs on organic food, on anti-GM and on food miles, all of whom exert a significant impact on the media and on the thinking of both consumers and policymakers. Regrettably, the scientific reality is rarely presented to consumers. Organically grown food is nutritionally identical to conventional food. That was the conclusion of a study funded by the Danish organic movement... The UK Food Standards Agency commissioned a review of all the literature relating to the nutritional quality of organic food. The review concluded: “... there is no evidence of a difference in nutrient quality between organic and conventionally produced foodstuffs.” ... accidents can happen, they can indeed, and they have happened in organic agriculture with acute health consequences such as the outbreak of E.coli infections in France last year associated with organic fenugreek... organic wheat production requires less energy than conventionally farmed wheat but requires more land. On the other hand there is no difference between organically grown or conventionally grown potatoes and both require 40 per cent of the total energy for storage... Under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, the use of atomic radiation to induce mutations is a completely normal activity in plant breeding... Modern genetic engineering alters the plant genome with great precision compared to the blunderbuss approach of radiation breeding where thousands more genes are altered. And yet one never hears of concerns that such radiation-bred crops will produce “Frankenfoods” or harm biodiversity or cause genetic drift, any of the other so-called horrors of modern GM... Organic food, slow food, local food and natural food are choices people make but their choices should never engender a fear among ordinary consumers that conventionally grown foods are in any way inferior...


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Climate change corrupting natural cues

Climate change corrupting natural cues | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Natural cues Aboriginal people rely on to signal changes in their land are becoming corrupted by climate change, an inquiry has been told.
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Red List shows world biodiversity in crisis as animals and plants vanish

Red List shows world biodiversity in crisis as animals and plants vanish | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
SCIENTISTS warn the source of our food, medicines and clean water may be at risk with the rapid decline of animal and plant species.
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What is Wrong With the Sustainability of Quinoa Production in Southern Bolivia – A Reply to Winkel et al. (2012)

What is Wrong With the Sustainability of Quinoa Production in Southern Bolivia – A Reply to Winkel et al. (2012) | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @PlantSciNews: What is Wrong With the Sustainability of Quinoa Production in Southern Bolivia – A Reply to Winkel et al.
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Mapping cropland one more time

More cartographic busy-ness from IFPRI. They’re mapping cropland, and need your help to validate the results. That’s because the available maps sometimes disagree. And I’m not even entirely sure they’ve looked at all the maps that are out there.
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Kenya's Missing Ingredient

Kenya's Missing Ingredient | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @FutureFortified: What is the missing ingredient for Kenya? A small package of essential nutrients.
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Roots, Tubers and Bananas on Facebook

Roots, Tubers and Bananas on Facebook | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.
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Identifying tree populations for conservation action through geospatial analyses

Identifying tree populations for conservation action through geospatial analyses | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
In December, over 60 forestry specialists from 12 Asian countries shared experiences and information on conservation of several valuable and threatened forest tree species at the Multinational and Transboundary Conservation of Valuable and...
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Steve Packard was my Steve Jobs

Steve Packard was my Steve Jobs | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Who was it? Who first rocked your boat, flipped your lid, pushed your button, turned you on? (Intellectually, of course). Were you shaken by the medium (a sassy speaker) or the message (a call to a...

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