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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Intuit Taps Text Messages, Economics To Boost Farmer Incomes In India

Intuit Taps Text Messages, Economics To Boost Farmer Incomes In India | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The story behind Intuit Fasal, a free SMS-based service that provides rural farmers with real-time price information, which has blossomed into a program with more than 500,000 users and huge effects on the lives of India (Free SMS service from @IntuitInc...
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FAO & emergencies: Assisting vulnerable communities after forest fires

FAO's response to forest fires and degradation through forest management policies and fire protection (RT @FAOemergencies: Over 350 million hectares of land worldwide are affected by fire annually and 95% is caused by human activity
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The price of food

The price of food | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
What proportion of people's household expenditures go to food? An international comparison.
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Beautiful Technical Perspective of Flowers - My Modern Metropolis

Beautiful Technical Perspective of Flowers - My Modern Metropolis | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Created by Japanese artist Macoto Murayama, Inorganic Flora shows us new observations and studies of flowers like never before. He first takes a number of pho… (RT @jim_croft: RT @kejames: Flowers like you've never seen them before.
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AfDB hails IITA's work in Africa - The Nation

AfDB hails IITA's work in Africa - The Nation | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
AfDB hails IITA's work in AfricaThe NationAkintomide noted that IITA's gene bank has become useful in post-conflict countries.
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In Defense of Difference

In Defense of Difference | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Scientists offer new insight into what to protect of the world's rapidly vanishing languages, cultures, and species.
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Raphael Souchier's comment, January 7, 2012 2:52 PM
Thanks for sharing this clear presentation of one of today's main challenges.
"We are now getting to this important understanding that nature and culture are one thing..."
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PLoS ONE: Darwin Core: An Evolving Community-Developed Biodiversity Data Standard

PLoS ONE: Darwin Core: An Evolving Community-Developed Biodiversity Data Standard | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
PLoS ONE: an inclusive, peer-reviewed, open-access resource from the PUBLIC LIBRARY OF SCIENCE. Reports of well-performed scientific studies from all disciplines freely available to the whole world.
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A new year dawns for the British apple

The famous British apple collection at Brogdale in Kent, which has been through some vicissitudes this past year, and could do with some good news, is being replanted, and the BBC has a video.
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UK's Queen honors scientists at Laguna's IRRI - GMA News

UK's Queen honors scientists at Laguna's IRRI - GMA News | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
UK's Queen honors scientists at Laguna's IRRIGMA News"During this period Dr Jackson has had responsibility for a genebank containing varieties of rice collected over the last 50 years – a total of 112000 different varieties from all over the...
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Making a PAC: payments for agrobiodiversity conservation services

Genetic diversity of crops within species is very narrow and existing agrobiodiversity is being lost at a rapid rate.
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The banana challenge

The banana challenge | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
On January 1st, Dole launched a year-long initiative to get Americans to increase their consumption of bananas by proposing 366 ways to go bananas, one for every day of the year, even though the banana is already the country’s best selling fruit.
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Saving Ethiopia’s “Church Forests” | PLoS Blogs Network

Saving Ethiopia’s “Church Forests” | PLoS Blogs Network | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

There are some 35,000 church forests in Ethiopia, ranging in size from a few acres to 300 hectares. Some churches and their forests may date back to the fourth century, and all are remnants of Ethiopia’s historic Afromontane forests. To their followers, they are a sacred symbol of the garden of Eden — to be loved and cared for, but not worshipped.


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Qatar's next big purchase: a farming sector

Qatar's next big purchase: a farming sector | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Qatar's next big purchase: a farming sectorReuters"It is very important to note that the food security plan in Qatar is subject to zero export policy," Attiya said.
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Planting a Native Hedgerow

Planting a Native Hedgerow | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Restoring the bounty of North America's native woodlands (RT @masttreenetwork: Planting a Native Hedgerow http://t.co/yvFByd3g...)...
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Scientists Refute Greenpeace Claims About GM Corn | Entomological Society of America (ESA)

Scientists Refute Greenpeace Claims About GM Corn | Entomological Society of America (ESA) | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Lanham, MD; January 6, 2012 -- An article in the forthcoming issue of the Journal of Integrated Pest Management (JIPM) refutes claims by Greenpeace Germany that the western bean cutworm (WBC), Striacosta albicosta (Smith), is "a new plant pest" that...
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Of Trumpets, Hedgehogs and Yellowfeet

The winter mushrooms of California's North Coast are popping in earnest: Hedgehogs, black trumpets, yellowfoot chanterelles and candy caps! (RT @Hank_Shaw: Winter mushrooms are here!
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Italy: Where the Olive Oil is the Most Flavorful

Italy: Where the Olive Oil is the Most Flavorful | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
An organic farming network gave my niece the opportunity.
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IUCN – Facts and figures on biodiversity « The Agrobiodiversity ...

IUCN – Facts and figures on biodiversity « 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 | January 6, 2012 ...
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Green light for yellow cassava

In December 2011, Nigeria's National Variety Release Committee formally approved three varieties of yellow-fleshed cassava, containing sufficient pro-Vitamin A to provide up to a quarter of daily requirements.
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Church forests in Ethiopia

For ages now scientists and others have spoken about working with sacred spaces, such as temple groves, to conserve the biodiversity they harbour.
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Kabondo Sweet Potatos Blog: The health benefits of sweet potato trendrils

Kabondo Sweet Potatos Blog: The health benefits of sweet potato trendrils | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

"So of what health benefits are the sweet potato tendrils? The tendrils refer to the threadlike stems of the sweet potatoes that hold the leaves and these can be consumed by people and have been found to be just as nutritious as the sweet people leaves and the sweet potato tubers...


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Climate change models may vasty underestimate extinctions

Climate change models may vasty underestimate extinctions | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Predictions of the loss of animal and plant diversity around the world are common under models of future climate change.
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Ecosystem services

From biodiversity to bats, water and landscapes, we feature a selection of initiatives and approaches that are helping to support sustainable ecosystems and the services they provide, and some of the means for paying farmers to sustain them.
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Farmers Bet on Climate-Proof Crops

Farmers Bet on Climate-Proof Crops | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
With floods, droughts and other calamities battering deltaic Bangladesh regularly, farmers need little prompting in switching to climate-resistant varieties of rice, wheat, pulses and other staples.
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