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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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How Blueberries Got to England

How Blueberries Got to England | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Dated March 1951, the letter seen below tells part of the story of how commercial blueberry plants traveled from New Jersey on the Queen Mary to England for the (RT @AboutHarvest: "How Blueberries Got to England" Podcast about how #blueberries first...
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Radix: Radix at Three - a retrospective

Radix: Radix at Three - a retrospective | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @Rhizowen: Radix - The Blog is 3 - come & celebrate by leaving comments on your success with oca, yacon, mauka, mashua, yampah http://t.co/0wDc3vrB...
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Stones and spuds . . . the Columbian Exchange

Stones and spuds  .  .  .  the Columbian Exchange | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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Viewing Inca stonework first hand is an unforgettable experience. However those unable to travel to Andean Peru can get to know part of Inca culture by visiting your own backyard.
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Just eleven plants out of thirty thousand

Just eleven plants out of thirty thousand | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Out of the thirty thousand types of edible plants thought to exist on Earth, just eleven – corn, rice, wheat, potatoes, cassava, sorghum, millet, beans, barley, rye, and oats – account for 93 percent of all that humans eat, and every one of them...
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The Archaeobotanist: Globalization of bananas in 3 acts. Recent updates

The Archaeobotanist: Globalization of bananas in 3 acts. Recent updates | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The Archaeobotanist reviews domestication of bananas ... says they weren’t important to 1st farmers of Central Africa.
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The fermented cereal beverage of the Sumerians may not have been beer

The fermented cereal beverage of the Sumerians may not have been beer | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
4000-year-old cuneiform writings from Mesopotamia tell us little about the brewing techniques used at the time. (Sumerian beer non-alcoholic? Not even beer, but “fermented cereal beverage“.
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Joel Mondragon's curator insight, October 11, 2013 8:07 PM

Its interesting to see that the people from Mesopotamia had an idea of how to make types of alcohol from different types of wheat’s and fruits. They had thousands of clay tablets left behind of written history on the subject. 

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Senegalese Woman Tends to Vegetable Garden

Senegalese Woman Tends to Vegetable Garden | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
United Nations Photo has added a photo to the pool: Thanks to time saved using the Multifunctional Platform (MFP) provided by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), a woman in Bantantinnting village, Senegal, can tend to her vegetable garden (seen...
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The AgroBiodiversity Ireland « Ballyhoura Development

The AgroBiodiversity Ireland « Ballyhoura Development | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The AgroBiodiversity Ireland – Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture Conference, (AgBioDiv2012) in Galway on 9th February, aims to network and showcase research projects and initiatives in Ireland for the ...
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Telling it like it is for rice in Nepal

I’d like to pretend that our absence yesterday was a mark of solidarity with all the netizens protesting against the proposed SOPA/PIPA laws in the US. It wasn’t; we were just both snowed under.
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AgroBiodiversity Ireland Conference 9th February 2012 « National ...

AgroBiodiversity Ireland Conference 9th February 2012 « National ... | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The AgroBiodiversity Ireland – Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture Conference (AgBioDiv2012) will be held in the Aula Maxima of the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) on Thursday the 9th February 2012 ...
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European Botanic Gardens Congress calling for papers one last time

But you’ve only got a few more days! The Congress itself will be in late May on the island of Chios.
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Celebrating the donkey

It looks like the biennial Donkey and Mule Conference, usually held on the Greek island of Hydra, will take place in London this year, appropriately enough during International Donkey Week in May. So Prof.
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A sheep at the wheel

The discussion of transhumance going on in the comments to an old post, and in particular Jacob’s link to a recent sheepish demonstration in Madrid, reminded me of this reminiscence from the BBC’s long-time Rome correspondent, David Willey.
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Unraveling the Chinese cabbage genome

Unraveling the Chinese cabbage genome | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Clues into the evolutionary diversification of brassicas have emerged from the draft Chinese cabbage genome sequence.
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Plant & Crop Science Blog: Making a PAC: payments for ...

Plant & Crop Science Blog: Making a PAC: payments for ... | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Furthermore, crops' genetic diversity within species is very narrow and existing agrobiodiversity is being lost at a rapid rate. However, a recent pilot scheme to pay farmers for conserving traditional crop varieties has provided a ...
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Concern over seed dispersal risks

Concern over seed dispersal risks | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Drivers of biodiversity loss, such as habitat fragmentation and climate change, are undermining seed dispersal networks around the globe, warn researchers.   Understanding of the impacts of the biodiversity loss driver on seed dispersal networks could be used to develop better management and conservation practices
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Threshing Wheat in 1916

Threshing Wheat in 1916 | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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In the September 23, 1916 Country Gentleman.
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The power of flowers: Research sprouts a closer look at sunflower genetics

The power of flowers: Research sprouts a closer look at sunflower genetics | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A Kansas State University researcher's plant genetic work is rooted in the sunflower state.
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Tomato-potato cross benefits farmers

Kenyan farmers are benefitting from a breakthrough that allows them to grow tomatoes and potatoes on the same stem through grafting.
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Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI ...

Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI ... | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD) is a non-profit making non-governmental organization established in 1995 in Nepal. LIBIRD capitalises on local initiatives to sustainably manage ...
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Agriculture and climate change in India

Agriculture and climate change in India | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
We stress the importance of germplasm. Wild and extant varieties have traits tolerant to high temperature, elevated CO2 etc. These might have been discarded in the past due to low yield potential but can be made use of today as parents for the breeding of tolerant varieties to climate change. There is a need to revisit gene banks with a view to searching for unique traits required for climate change. In this search, indigenous knowledge and farmer’s wisdom have immense value.
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Cam E's curator insight, April 1, 8:10 AM

I really like the idea behind India's innovation to combat climate change. They're looking to the past and using the more ancient techniques and knowledge which has existed on the Earth in the past, rather than creating an entirely new species of crop which we would not know the long-term effect of.

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Gene bank in the offing - www.reviewnepal.com

Gene bank in the offingwww.reviewnepal.comKATHMANDU, Jan 1: Ministry for Science and Technology has decided to establish ´Gene Bank´ for the conservation of the rare and near-extinct plants.
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Early warning system for heritage sites online

Early warning system for heritage sites online | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A propos of that idea to have a mobile phone app for documenting erosion of agricultural biodiversity. Only fair to say that the Global Heritage Network have a website that records threats to heritage sites.
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Allotment gardening and health

The potential contribution of allotment gardens to a healthy and active life-style is increasingly recognized, especially for elderly populations. However, few studies have empirically examined beneficial effects of allotment gardening.
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Starving Striga of essential micronutrients

Starving Striga of essential micronutrients | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Interesting, and temporally confusing, news item from Wageningen University.
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