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Agricultural Biodiversity
Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Non-profit takes on breadfruit challenge to fight hunger in developing areas

Non-profit takes on breadfruit challenge to fight hunger in developing areas | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
You won't find breadfruit at your local grocery store, mainly because it has an extremely short shelf life. But a Minnesota-based non-profit group wants to help people in developing countries turn the fruit into flour.
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Newly formed plants could lead to improved crop fertility

Newly formed plants could lead to improved crop fertility | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A new study shows genomes of a recently formed plant species to be highly unstable, a phenomenon that may have far-reaching evolutionary consequences.
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Maple trees, biodiversity at risk in Ontario: watchdog

Maple trees, biodiversity at risk in Ontario: watchdog | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Ontario's environmental watchdog is taking the Liberal government to task for not having a strategy to stem a continuing decline in the province's species and natural spaces.
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Kudos for Koraputs Agricultural Heritage

Kudos for Koraputs Agricultural Heritage | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Kudos for Koraputs Agricultural HeritageIBNLive.comThe agro-biodiversity recorded in the Koraput region includes, 340 landraces of paddy, eight species of minor millets, nine species of pulses, five species of oilseeds, three species of fibrous...
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The problems of achieving food security for 1.6 billion people in China

The problems of achieving food security for 1.6 billion people in China | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Well that doesn't seem too difficult.

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Under-nutrition unacceptably high despite GDP growth: PM | Business

New Delhi, Jan 10: Expressing concern that 42 percent of India's children were underweight, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Tuesday that levels of under-nutrition were 'unacceptably high' despite GDP growth and labelled malnutrition a 'national...
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Erna Bennett - An early pioneer of Plant Genetic Conservation

Erna Bennett - An early pioneer of Plant Genetic Conservation | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Erna Bennett, a leading scientist and one of the first people to draw attention to genetic erosion and the importance of conserving agricultural biodiversity, sadly died last week on January 3rd 2012, after a long illness.
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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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Tacca leontopetaloides - tuber

Tacca leontopetaloides - tuber | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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This tuber of a wild plant of Tacca leontopetaloides weighs 350 grams (12 x 8 x 6 cm). The starch of this tuber is sometimes extracted in Mozambique (and other parts of Africa) in times of hunger.
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Opening up

[T]hose pathways of change favoured by the least powerful are typically the most excluded.
In agricultural research, as in many other areas of science, there is often a tension between different points of view.
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Global conference on AnGR conservation puts materials online

I think we may have mentioned before that the Rare Breeds International (RBI) Global Conference on the Conservation of Domestic Animal Genetic Diversity was held at Namik Kemal University in Tekirdag, Turkey in October last year.
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Erna Bennett: more on this unique person

Erna Bennett was unique. Well, not quite. There have been other Erna Bennetts, one of whom died almost exactly a year ago.
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Coconut Board keen to tie up with colleges to develop hybrid seedlings - Hindu Business Line

Coconut Board keen to tie up with colleges to develop hybrid seedlings - Hindu Business Line | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Coconut Board keen to tie up with colleges to develop hybrid seedlingsHindu Business LineDue to the acute shortage of hybrid coconut seedlings that can be highly productive, the Coconut Development Board is planning to launch 'collaborative...
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Brazil Gains in Food Production Coincided With Drop in Deforestation

Brazil Gains in Food Production Coincided With Drop in Deforestation | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Well I never! So the better fed and richer farmers didn't go off and buy a better saw after all?

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Indian PM: Malnutrition a Matter of 'National Shame'

Indian PM: Malnutrition a Matter of 'National Shame' | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
India's prime minister says malnutrition is a national shame, as a new survey finds that 42 percent of India's children are underweight.
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Factors influencing agbiotech adoption and development in sub-Saharan Africa : Nature Biotechnology : Nature Publishing Group

Factors influencing agbiotech adoption and development in sub-Saharan Africa : Nature Biotechnology : Nature Publishing Group | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

"Despite the technical knowledge available for improving food security in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), only three African countries (South Africa, Egypt and Burkina Faso) have commercialized biotech crops to date1. An important step toward improving agbiotech development and genetically modified (GM) crop adoption is to understand the factors that affect the transition of new agbiotech products from the product development stage, through commercialization to the hands of farmers and ultimate consumption by the population. As part of a broader study on a social audit preparation for the Water Efficient Maize for Africa Project, we conducted 91 interviews with agbiotech stakeholders from a diverse range of groups within five SSA countries (Supplementary Methods). Analysis of the recordings of these interviews revealed four recurring factors that appear to influence agbiotech development in SSA: communication, culture and religion, capacity building and commercialization (Fig. 1). We expand in more detail on these factors below."

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Development Horizons by Lawrence Haddad: FAO DG's first news conference: 5 things we learned

Development Horizons by Lawrence Haddad: FAO DG's first news conference: 5 things we learned | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
New FAO DG Graziano da Silva's strategy in 5 words: Politics, Society, Local, Reform, Openness: http://t.co/nLMs5kww...
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Climate resilient and environmentally sound agriculture - Module 5

Part II - Addressing challenges Module 5: C-RESAP/climate-smart agriculture: technical considerations and examples of production systems (Climate resilient and environmentally sound agriculture needs genetic resources (among other things).)...
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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.

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PLoS ONE: Mapping Genetic Diversity of Cherimoya (Annona cherimola Mill.): Application of Spatial Analysis for Conservation and Use of Plant Genetic Resources

PLoS ONE: Mapping Genetic Diversity of Cherimoya (Annona cherimola Mill.): Application of Spatial Analysis for Conservation and Use of Plant Genetic Resources | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Mapping Genetic Diversity of Cherimoya (Annona cherimola Mill.): Application of Spatial Analysis for Conservation and Use of Plant Genetic Resources.


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IRRI DDG has difficulty finding right rice variety shock

IRRI DDG has difficulty finding right rice variety shock | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
What we would have wanted is a simple, more concrete variety selection tool that could have guided us to a few specific options, and also provided us with enough variety performance information for making the final choice.
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Adaptation to climatic changes through global cooperation

To accept and adapt to the unavoidable coming alternations, due to climatic changes, blobal cooperation is to be promoted.
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The potential of paying smallholders to conserve traditional crops

The potential of paying smallholders to conserve traditional crops | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
New Agriculturist highlights a Bioversity pilot scheme to pay farmers for conserving traditional crop varieties, such as quinoa (pictured), which could help stem the rapid loss of our crop diversity....
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