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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Success Story: Smallholder Farmer Entrepreneurship in Swaziland with Happy Shongwe

Happy Shongwe, a smallholder farmer from Swaziland, talks about her successful business of growing and selling legume seeds.
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The Man Who Fed the World: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug and His Battle to End World Hunger

The Man Who Fed the World: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug and His Battle to End World Hunger | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The Man Who Fed the World: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug and His Battle to End World Hunger by Leon Hesser, book review by Bill Gates (RT @BillGates: Norman Borlaug is not very well known, but has saved more lives than we could possibly...
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Consolidation in the seed industry

Consolidation in the seed industry | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
We’ve written before about consolidation in the seed industry making the same tired joke that I want to make again now, that a picture is worth 1000 words.
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Agricultural Super Ducks

Agricultural Super Ducks | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Agricultural super ducks? You may think that the entire phrase is flawed. Ducks waddle around in parks, not on farms. You probably have never thought of them as being particularly 'super' as they p...
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A new banana species?

A new banana species? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The announcement of Musa serpentina as a new species of banana sparks a discussion on its true identity.
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What is behind successful nutrition policies?

What is behind successful nutrition policies? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Nutrition experts and officials met at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) on the 19 and 20 January to share learning from their experiences building political commitment around national nutrition policies.


Participants included officials from eight countries, experts from cooperation agencies and researchers. The meeting was convened by IDS and the UK Department for International Development.

 

The event aimed to explore and analyse why some governments have made major progress on reducing child and maternal malnutrition, while in others efforts have been insufficient.


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Evolutionary History of Pearl Millet (Pennisetum glaucum [L.] R. Br.) and Selection on Flowering Genes since Its Domestication

Evolutionary History of Pearl Millet (Pennisetum glaucum [L.] R. Br.) and Selection on Flowering Genes since Its Domestication | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Although not about rice. This is an importany new genetical modelling effort on a parallel domestication, that of West African pearl millet.


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People Under 35 Have Never Seen Normal Global Temperatures

People Under 35 Have Never Seen Normal Global Temperatures | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
“If you’re younger than 26, you have never seen a month where the global mean was as cold as the 161 year average,” observes Robert Grumbine.
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Using Google Refine and taxonomic databases

Using Google Refine and taxonomic databases | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Maybe we should look at this in Genebank Database Hell?

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Kew MSBP-BGCI Fieldwork Fund

Kew MSBP-BGCI Fieldwork Fund | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership-Botanic Gardens Conservation International Fieldwork Fund aims to tackle the continuing loss of plant species by enabling organisations to undertake fieldwork resulting in high quality seed collections.
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Not the black sheep of domestic animals

An international research team has provided an unprecedented in-depth view of the genetic history of sheep, one of the world's most important livestock species. The study, published Feb.
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Betting on llamas in Bolivia

In Bolivia llama prices are up and demand for shawls and scarves made from alpaca fibre is increasing. But how do smallholder farmers capitalise on these optimal market conditions?
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The Most Delicious Appetite Suppressant on Earth

The Most Delicious Appetite Suppressant on Earth | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Eat more chocolate and lose weight in 2012? You don't have to tell us twice! To be clear, we're not talking just any chocolate, but (RT @RodaleNews: RT @chicalatina1: The coolest diet food ever?
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Cotton doyen passes away

Sad to hear that Dr Ed Percival, a world expert on cotton and its genetic resources, passed away last month.
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China Completes Field Research Of Wild Herbs In Sanjiangyuan - Bernama

China Completes Field Research Of Wild Herbs In SanjiangyuanBernamaIt is believed to be a natural gene bank of wild herbs that can be used as medicine against human diseases. However, Sanjiangyuan is ecologically vulnerable.
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Kermit sings the malnutrition blues

When you start really looking out for something, you quickly get to wondering how you could possibly have missed it all before.
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Food security in Pakistan: past and present

Food security in Pakistan: past and present | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

A strong national agricultural research system is necessary to increase and sustain food production. In Pakistan, national agricultural research system consists of the Federal Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), as well as provincial research institutes and agricultural universities. PARC aims to conduct, support coordinate and promote agricultural research throughout Pakistan. PARC introduced National Coordinated Research Programmes (NCRP) in 1976 on various crops, such as wheat and sugar, to strengthen research capabilities. NCRPs were proven to be very effective at increasing productivity by releasing a significant number of high yielding crops and production technologies. Until the 1980s, PARC implemented 33 NCRPs on major commodities and disciplines in close collaboration with provincial institutions. But in 2009, due to lack of funding, all NCRPs were terminated.


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Birmingham Botanical Gardens Library-A Hidden Treasure

Birmingham Botanical Gardens Library-A Hidden Treasure | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
There's more to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens than 45 acres of cultivated plants. As part of its mission to educate about plants, gardens and the environment, the BBG boasts the largest public horticultural library in the United States. Librarian Hope Long calls her territory “a hidden treasure.”

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A Day in the Life of an Ivorian Cocoa Farmer

A Day in the Life of an Ivorian Cocoa Farmer | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @RnfrstAlliance: A Day in the Life of an Ivorian Cocoa Farmer (slide show): http://t.co/qBldtzz4 #cocoa #ivorycoast #chocolate...
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Philippine genebank gains 5M, loses 36M

Philippine genebank gains 5M, loses 36M | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
In a tragic twist of events, the Philippines' largest genebank was gutted by fire Saturday, 28 January 2012, a day after it received a grant to upgrade its facilities.

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