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Agricultural Biodiversity
Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Searching for disease resistant banana variety - FreshPlaza

Searching for disease resistant banana variety - FreshPlaza | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
FreshPlazaSearching for disease resistant banana varietyFreshPlazaThis gene bank is part of an organisation with a worldwide network of banana scientists, that has supported the creation of this unique extensive collection.
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The backstory to finding sodium exclusion genes in wheat

Attentive readers may remember a piece we Nibbled a couple of weeks back about salinity tolerance genes (Nax1 and Nax2) making their way from a the wild relative T. monococcum to durum wheat.
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Genetic diversity in the Red wild einkorn: T. urartu Gandilyan (Poaceae: Triticeae)

Genetic diversity in the Red wild einkorn: T. urartu Gandilyan (Poaceae: Triticeae) | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Abstract  Red wild einkorn, Triticum urartu, is increasingly being recognized as a source of genetic material for the improvement of wheat grain quality and for conferring resistance to various diseases such as Powdery Mildew and Leaf Rust...
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Saving seeds in Yakutia - The Voice of Russia

Saving seeds in Yakutia - The Voice of Russia | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The Voice of RussiaSaving seeds in YakutiaThe Voice of RussiaIt holds duplicate samples, or "spare" copies, of seeds held in gene banks worldwide. Low temperatures and low seismicity makes it well protected from the catastrophic events.
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Russia sees benefits in joining the International Seed Treaty

A very brief announcement on The Voice of Russia website says that Russia “is planning” to join the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
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The oily charms of West African cuisine

The oily charms of West African cuisine | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
THE IMMIGRANTS TABLE | The ways in which West African cuisine challenge Western sensibilities.

 

How about the ways in which West African cuisine noursishes West Africans?


Via Jeremy Cherfas
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Genetic composition of contemporary proprietary U.S. lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) cultivars

Genetic composition of contemporary proprietary U.S. lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) cultivars | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Abstract  Pedigree history of 146 lettuce (Lactuca sativa L.) cultivars registered in the U.S.
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'Seed schools' can help nurture local heirloom plants

'Seed schools' can help nurture local heirloom plants | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A novel approach toward helping young people ensure biodiversity in our world is studying seeds in the wild and planting them for food in the garden.
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Where Irish Whiskey Really Is Really Made

Where Irish Whiskey Really Is Really Made | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
In my story last week in the San Francisco Chronicle, I didn't get the chance to be as nerdy as I wanted to with the specifics of the three (and a half) distilleries in Ireland and which whiskies they make.
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Daifuku Mochi (Sweet Rice Cake)

Daifuku Mochi (Sweet Rice Cake) | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Daifuku mochi most commonly comes filled with red bean paste, white bean paste, or sometimes a strawberry or other fruit with red bean paste.
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Detoxifying cassava

Detoxifying cassava | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Strategies that minimize one risk…may augment another risk… Peasant farmers are perfectly conversant with such linkages.
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HarvestPlus Director Howarth Bouis Speech at the launch of vitamin A cassava in Nigeria on 3/16/2012

For more information on HarvestPlus, visit http://www.harvestplus.org Launch took place at National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI), in Umudike.
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World Scientists Define United Approach to Tackling Food Insecurity

World Scientists Define United Approach to Tackling Food Insecurity | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
An independent commission of scientific leaders from 13 countries has today released a detailed set of 7 recommendations to policy makers on how to achieve food security in the face of climate change.
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Castanea spp. biodiversity conservation: collection and characterization of the genetic diversity of an endangered species

Castanea spp. biodiversity conservation: collection and characterization of the genetic diversity of an endangered species | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Abstract  Centuries of co-evolution between Castanea spp. biodiversity and human populations has resulted in the spread of rich and varied chestnut genetic diversity throughout
most of the world, especially in mountainous and forested regions.
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How not to debunk anti-GMO propaganda

Graham Brookes and Bruce Chassy wrote a detailed rebuttal of a paper by G.F. Botta et al. in the American Journal of Plant Science, which questioned the value of GMO soybeans in Argentina.
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Somerset apple trees are studied by academics from Denmark - This is Somerset

Somerset apple trees are studied by academics from Denmark - This is Somerset | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Somerset apple trees are studied by academics from DenmarkThis is SomersetThe academics are from The Pometum at the university, which is the Danish national fruit tree gene bank. The Pometum houses more than 2000 varieties of fruit.
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What do we do for plants?

What do we do for plants? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

1 meter high installation for Glasgow Botanic Garden, Fascination of Plants Day, 18 May


Via Mary Williams
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Black benniseed (Sesamum radiatum Schum. et Thonn.) cultivated as leafy vegetable in Benin

Black benniseed (Sesamum radiatum Schum. et Thonn.) cultivated as leafy vegetable in Benin | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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Sesamum radiatum is a nutraceutical traditional leafy vegetable highly consumed in Benin.
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African Food Tradition rEvisited by Research

African Food Tradition rEvisited by Research | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Presentation of After project (African Food Tradition) financed by European Union within FP7 (RT @Bennett123123: Compiling research on value chains for Kenkey, a fermented maize food important in Ghana.)...
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Chocolate Conservation | Conservation Magazine

Chocolate Conservation | Conservation Magazine | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Devotees of Hershey's kisses and fudge ice cream will tell you that chocolate is good for the soul. It may also be good for tropical forests.
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Seeking a Sustainable Path for Coffee, and Coffee Farmers, in Haiti

Seeking a Sustainable Path for Coffee, and Coffee Farmers, in Haiti | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
An entrepreneurial coffee roaster tries to go directly to the Haitian source for great beans.
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B.C. researchers building a better paw paw plant

B.C. researchers building a better paw paw plant | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
University of B.C. plant geneticists and a Fraser Valley commercial plant supplier have joined forces to improve the exotic paw paw, a little-known North American fruit that rots within days of being picked.
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Cassava Blog by Agro2

Cassava Blog by Agro2 | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Agro2's Blog about Cassava and Ethanol News and Cassava Recipes (A blog about cassava? Really?
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Live chat 'Agricultural biodiversity and our planet' - March 27th: 14:00 - 14:45 (CET)

Live chat 'Agricultural biodiversity and our planet' - March 27th: 14:00 - 14:45 (CET) | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
You are invited to join our live chat as part of events around Planet Under Pressure.
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