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Agricultural Biodiversity
Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Honeybee deaths linked to seed insecticide exposure

Honeybee deaths linked to seed insecticide exposure | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Honeybee populations have been in serious decline for years, and scientists may have identified one of the factors that cause bee deaths around agricultural fields.
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Grain crops with lower carotene levels are less affected by parasitic plants - Wageningen UR

Grain crops with lower carotene levels are less affected by parasitic plants - Wageningen UR | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

What's a breeder to do? Decisions, decisions...

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Genetic fingerprint reveals new efficient maize cultivars

Genetic fingerprint reveals new efficient maize cultivars | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
(PhysOrg.com) -- The parent’s performance has little to do with the child's success – at least in maize. Even weak parent plants can be crossed in a way in which they produce vigorous offspring. But not all plants by far are suitable parents.
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'In 10 years' time, Ghana may not require any aid at all'

'In 10 years' time, Ghana may not require any aid at all' | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Ghana is one of Africa's great successes – a stable and thriving country that is testament to the impact of aid.
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It's the shit

It's the shit | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
IN A humid outdoor café surrounded by palm trees, Hung Pham Ngoc launches an attack on his coffee, pushing aside a cup of pungent black java for a Coke. (RT @HendrikRietman: Could this story be extrapolated to cheese production?
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$2 million to fund research on African vegetable crops

$2 million to fund research on African vegetable crops | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Small-farm operators in Africa and parts of Asia are intended to reap the benefits from two $1 million grants supporting seed-related research for indigenous African vegetables, awarded by the...
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Our gardens | Native Medicinal Plant Research Program

Our gardens | Native Medicinal Plant Research Program | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The new pharmacy garden, made up of five themed beds, provides information on some 70 species of medicinal plants, many native to Kansas and the Great Plains. An extensive signage system provides information about ...

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Erna Bennett, early pioneer of plant genetic conservation

Erna Bennett, early pioneer of plant genetic conservation | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Agrobiodiversity and Monoculture Homogenization in Agri/Culture · Agrobiodiversity endangered by sugarcane farming in Mumias and Nzoia Sugarbelts of Western Kenya. Erna Bennett, one of the pioneers of plant genetic ...
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Lexicon of Sustainability: Biodiversity vs. monoculture

Lexicon of Sustainability: Biodiversity vs. monoculture | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
And so we begin a weekly series of artistically altered images from around the sustainable food world. First up: biodiversity on the farm.
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The Blueberry Family: American Treasures | Mast Tree Network

The Blueberry Family: American Treasures | Mast Tree Network | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Restoring the bounty of North America's native woodlands (RT @masttreenetwork: The Blueberry Family: American Treasures http://t.co/KXtTcS7s...)...
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Fishy find shows humans skilled anglers 42,000 years ago

Fishy find shows humans skilled anglers 42,000 years ago | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Fish hooks and fishbones dating back 42,000 years found in a cave in East Timor suggest that humans were capable of skilled, deep-sea fishing 30,000 years earlier than previously (RT @JasonColavito: Interesting news about ancient...
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FIGS workshop in Madrid

We organized last week (9 to 13 January 2012) a workshop in Madrid (Spain) on predictive characterization using the Focused Identification of Germplasm Strategy (FIGS workshop in Madrid (PGR Secure) January...)...
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Victories for food and farming in Durban climate deals

After weeks of negotiations, world leaders have agreed to a number of decisions including the Durban Platform, which contain provisions for adaptation and a green climate fund.
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More is better

More is better | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
In one of those rare moments of perusing the latest ecological literature, I stumbled across an absolute gem, and one that has huge conservation implications. Now, I'm really no expert in this part...
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Cassava beer!

Cassava beer! | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
  Related Blog: SABMiller launches first ever cassava lager in Mozambique Blog: Graham Mackay, CEO, SABMiller, on how business is good for Africa Blog: Ian Al…...
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A Brighter Future for Cassava

A Brighter Future for Cassava | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
By Yassir Islam Yassir Islam is the Head of Communications at HarvestPlus, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that is working to address global (RT @GAINalliance: Cassava provides essential calories and soon, more nutrition
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Wassailing the old English apple tree

Wassailing the old English apple tree | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Around 17 January, thousands of people in southern England descend on the local cider orchards in a bid to awaken the trees from their winter slumber and ensure a good harvest. (British love affair with apple comes to a head.
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Harbor the Future

Harbor the Future | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
RT @batje: The Mountbatten team designed a great Tree Planting Project website for #apps4africa *just* didnt win. Still Proud!
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The mobile phone app that can identify a tree by its leaf

The mobile phone app that can identify a tree by its leaf | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Leo Hickman: Leafsnap uses face-recognition software to identify a species of tree. Can it create a new generation of conservationists?

 

Leafsnap is created, in part, by David Jacobs, in the comp sci department at the University of Maryland.


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FAO: Symposium: applying information on food and nutrition security to better decision making

There's even a hashtag -- #isfsi2012 -- but nobody seems to be using it.


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Growing Beyond the Fields

Growing Beyond the Fields | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
As small farms struggle in Italy, women are stepping in with creative survival tactics. (RT @jessfanzo: More small, creative farms in Italy are being run and owned by women.
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New Species of Bee Discovered

January 14, 2012 CBC News http://MOXNews.com (RT @PRIaustralia: New species of Bee found in south Brazil.)...
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Geographical Indications as adding value to local products

Geographical Indications as adding value to local products | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
By Thaisy Sluszz - Embrapa Swine and Poultry


The fast economic, urban growth and the demand for Agrifood products in developing countries have widened the prospects for differentiated products...
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Plants in the News - American Society of Plant Biologists

Plants in the News - American Society of Plant Biologists | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
American Society of Plant Biologists - To promote the growth and development of plant biology, to encourage and publish research in plant biology, and to promote the interests and growth of plant scientists in general.
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Paddy fields, Doi Inthanon National Park

Paddy fields, Doi Inthanon National Park | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Jim Horsfall has added a photo to the pool:
It was 'winter' in Thailand, so the rice had been harvested a while ago.
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