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Agricultural Biodiversity
Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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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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Ecosystem services in support of a greener revolution in Africa

Malawi's subsidy programme for nitrogen fertiliser and improved maize seed has been heralded as a triumph.
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Affymetrix and BGI Enter Strategic Collaboration to Co-Develop and Commercialize Genomic Microarrays for the Agricultural Community

Affymetrix and BGI Enter Strategic Collaboration to Co-Develop and Commercialize Genomic Microarrays for the Agricultural Community | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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Mobile phone apps for agricultural biodiversity

When I was asked recently whether I knew of anyone developing mobile phone apps “which can assist with seed diversity” my first reaction was: nah. And that’s where I left it. For a couple of hours, at any rate.
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Social networking success stories

I think the time has come to acknowledge the great work that Sue Grimbly is doing at the SCI’s Horticulture Technical Interest Group on Facebook. Consistently interesting posting.
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Contacting Trevor Williams

We have received a request from Roger Croston to post the following on the blog, and are happy to do so.
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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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Crowdsourcing Crop Improvement in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Proposal for a Scalable and Inclusive Approach to Food Security - van Etten - 2011 - IDS Bulletin - Wiley Online Library

Crowdsourcing Crop Improvement in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Proposal for a Scalable and Inclusive Approach to Food Security - van Etten - 2011 - IDS Bulletin - Wiley Online Library | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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GlobalHort provides focused searching for horticulture

Ever google “onions” to get information on what varieties to plant or the crop’s nutritional composition or how to grow it and get bombarded with nothing but recipes for the first n pages?
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Wheat domestication do-over

Wheat domestication do-over | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Aegilops tauschii (Aegilops squarrosa, Triticum tauschii), a photo by CIMMYT on Flickr.
A photo of one of the wild relatives being used at CIMMYT to replay wheat evolution, minus the genetic bottleneck.
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Erna Bennett papers

Erna Bennett papers | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
8 September 1971: Erna Bennett receives the Meyer Medal from Ralph Phillips, watched by FAO DG A.H. Boersma.
Thanks to Helmut Knüpffer of IPK Gatersleben, for his comment pointing to two important papers relating to Erna Bennett.
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