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Agricultural Biodiversity
Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Improved potato varieties ensure Peruvian communities have enough to eat

Improved potato varieties ensure Peruvian communities have enough to eat | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @CGIAR: Improved potato varieties ensure Peruvian communities have enough to eat http://t.co/WzSCujLB via @Cipotato...
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Agrobiodiversity in ice-cream

Agrobiodiversity in ice-cream | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Cali, a photo by luigig on Flickr.
Nice to have such a variety of local fruit and other agrobiodiversity products on the ice-cream menu in Cali, Colombia. But peanut? Cheese?
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Berkshire pig - Animal of the Month - April

Berkshire pig - Animal of the Month - April | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @AgMuseum: Did you know our Animal of the Month's breed originated in Britain?
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A Glorious Enterprise: The Making of American Science

A Glorious Enterprise: The Making of American Science | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Rare glimpses of strange specimens and obscure images, laced with tales of scientific rivalry and boundless inspiration, with cameos by Thomas Jefferson, Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemingway, and James Bond.
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National seed bank set for Horsham

National seed bank set for Horsham | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
National seed bank set for HorshamLandIn Horsham on Wednesday Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh said the Genebank would benefit grain producers, processors, marketers, breeders and regional Victorians.
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Bioversity video: Tropical fruits in Asia - The Agrobiodiversity ...

Bioversity video: Tropical fruits in Asia - The Agrobiodiversity ... | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The Agrobiodiversity Grapevine. Providing readers with information resources about PGR, agrobiodiversity, conservation and livelihoods. About. Posted by: Bioversity Library | April 11, 2012 ...
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Virginity is an untouchable metaphor

Nobody else seems to find the “800-year-old farmers” of a recent headline (and a Nibble) funny.1 And personally I don’t care that the authors seem to have misplaced the Amazon.
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Core Historical Literature of Agriculture

RT @HendrikRietman: Serious experiments with soybean in the USA only started in 1908.
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Earth, Wind & Water: A window on an agricultural legend

Earth, Wind & Water: A window on an agricultural legend | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @twaihaku: @AgroBioDiverse saw this and thought of you.....
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Plant biotechnology: Make it a decaf

Plant biotechnology: Make it a decaf | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Coffee contains some 2,000 chemical compounds that give the drink its enticing aroma and flavour, including caffeine, a stimulant and natural pesticide. Removing the caffeine while leaving all the others intact poses a significant challenge. Brewers have generally turned to chemistry: Ludwig Roselius of Bremen, Germany, patented the first commercial decaffeination process in 1905. But his coffee, marketed as Kaffee HAG, used benzene in the extraction process, and the chemical was later replaced by less toxic solvents. Today, companies may instead douse raw green coffee beans in high-pressure liquid carbon dioxide or soak them in hot water for several hours to remove the caffeine before roasting. Aficionados say that all these methods destroy the taste, but the decaf market is still worth US$2 billion a year. Researchers have long sought a better bean, harvested directly from the plant caffeine-free. This would preserve coffee's complex flavour and give growers a high-end slice of the decaf market. But developing such a bean through conventional breeding or even genetic modification has proved more difficult than anyone anticipated...


Via Annals of Botany: Plant Science Research, Dorian Q Fuller, diana buja
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Pollinators - Key for agro biodiversity conservation

Pollinators - Key for agro biodiversity conservation | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Initiatives and innovations promoted by Keystone Foundation have helped promote bee keeping amongst farmers and tribal communities around the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The impacts are visible in terms of better yields in coffee, mango ...
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Tulip taster

Tulip taster | 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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Agriculture Ministry forms new eco-agriculture dept

Agriculture Ministry forms new eco-agriculture dept | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Environment: New department to promote 'new direction Israeli agriculture will take in years to come,' says Minister Noked (Israel’s Ministry of Agriculture creates a Department of #Ecoagriculture.
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Pre-1492 Amazon farmers didn't use controlled burns

Pre-1492 Amazon farmers didn't use controlled burns | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Farming without fire in tropical regions, like indigenous populations did in Pre-Columbian times, may be the key to both feeding people and managing land more sustainably.
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New Australian Grains Genebank a win for industry

The Victorian Coalition Government has committed more than $3 million to establish a national seed bank in Horsham, western Victoria, that has been 15 years in the making.
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Phenotypic diversity and evolution of farmer varieties of bread wheat on organic farms in Europe

Phenotypic diversity and evolution of farmer varieties of bread wheat on organic farms in Europe | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Abstract  The contribution of farmers to the creation and maintenance of genetic diversity is beginning to receive more recognition
in developed countries.
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Plant trees

Plant trees | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture posted a photo:

Pic by Neil Palmer (CIAT).
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Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

RT @tezira: #Kenyan food scientist Jane Karuku appointed new president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) http://t.co/NMfVX173...
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A glass vial of beans is worth a thousand database entries

A glass vial of beans is worth a thousand database entries | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Check out one of the illustrations in Brainpicking’s review of a recent book on the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (“which stands today as the oldest natural history museum in the Western Hemisphere,” and just celebrated its 200th...
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10 frutas nativas dos cerrados e mata atlântica de São Paulo

10 frutas nativas dos cerrados e mata atlântica de São Paulo | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Fruits from the cerrado and Atlantic forest of Brazil.

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Women Changing Gears to Cassava in Kenya

http://www.worldbank.org/climatechange - In Kenya, a coop group led by women with funding from the World Bank and support from the Kenyan goverment, has foun...
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Barbara McClintock, Genome Self-Repair and Cell Cognition: A Revolutionary Vision for the Future of Biology

Barbara McClintock, Genome Self-Repair and Cell Cognition: A Revolutionary Vision for the Future of Biology | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
In its early days, molecular biology promised to provide us with an explanation of life in terms of physics and chemistry.
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Farmers of 800-years-ago could teach us how to protect the Amazon -- with raised farming beds

Farmers of 800-years-ago could teach us how to protect the Amazon -- with raised farming beds | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
In the face of mass deforestation of the Amazon, recent findings indicate that we could learn from its earliest inhabitants who managed their farmland sustainably.

Via Cathryn Wellner
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National seed bank for Horsham

National seed bank for Horsham | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
National seed bank for HorshamWeekly Times NowThe partnership between the Victorian Government and the Grains Research and Development Corporation, the Australian Grains Genebank will consolidate tropical and temperate climate cereal, grain legume...
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