Agricultural Biodiversity
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Agricultural Biodiversity
Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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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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Plant Remedies against Witches and the Evil Eye in a Spanish “Witches’ Village”

Plant Remedies against Witches and the Evil Eye in a Spanish “Witches’ Village” | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Abstract   Plant Remedies against Witches and the Evil Eye in a Spanish “Witches’ Village.” An ethnobotanical survey was carried out to understand the traditional knowledge and current use of different preventive and curative plant remedies...
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Gene bank in the offing - Republica

Gene bank in the offing - Republica | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Gene bank in the offingRepublicaKATHMANDU, Jan 1: Ministry for Science and Technology has decided to establish ´Gene Bank´ for the conservation of the rare and near-extinct plants.
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Predictions for 2012: maize will be affected by climate

I predict that we (using the term in its widest possible sense) will understand the links between growing conditions and yield much more deeply. In particular, how changes in a plant’s environment will affect its output.
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A new species of Solanum (Solanaceae) from South Africa related to the cultivated eggplant - Pensoft

A new species of Solanum (Solanaceae) from South Africa related to the cultivated eggplant - Pensoft | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A new andromonoecious species related to the eggplant and belonging to Solanum subgenus Leptostemonum from southern Africa is described. Solanum umtuma Voronts.
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Kenya: Hope for avocado as country sets wasps on fruit flies » Africa Agriculture News

Kenya: Hope for avocado as country sets wasps on fruit flies » Africa Agriculture News | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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Mike Jackson OBE

And we interrupt our holidays again for an important announcement. Dr Mike Jackson, who worked at IRRI for some two decades, much of that in the genebank, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List.
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Subsistence Farming in Altiplano, Bolivia

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Andean locals milk a cow in Baja, Altiplano, Bolivia.
Photo ID 385897. 1977. Altiplano, Bolivia. UN Photo/Jeffrey Foxx.
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THE USE OF AGROBIODIVERSITY BY INDIGENOUS AND ...

THE USE OF AGROBIODIVERSITY BY INDIGENOUS AND ... | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Agrobiodiversity, or agricultural biodiversity, includes all the components of biological diversity of relevance to food and agriculture, as well as the components of biological diversity that constitute the agro ecosystem: the ...

 

Here we go again ...

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Hot? Or not? The economics of red-hot chili peppers

Hot? Or not? The economics of red-hot chili peppers | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Chilies that produce the hottest fruits grow best when they are given lots of water (Hot? Or not?
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Bananas on the cover of Annals of Botany

Bananas on the cover of the Annals of Botany: A video blog from www.AoBBlog.com . I am discussing the cover images in Annals of Botany in three video blogs. ...
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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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Jardins Urbains - Réseau collaboratif

Jardins Urbains - Réseau collaboratif | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Plateforme collaborative autour de l'écologie urbaine:
pratiques écologiques et jardinières...
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Guerrilla Grafters: Splicing Fruit-Bearing Branches Onto City Trees

Guerrilla Grafters: Splicing Fruit-Bearing Branches Onto City Trees | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
In San Francisco, a new form of covert agriculture is taking root: making fruit trees out of trees that normally don't bear fruit, and turning an entire city into an orchard.
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New wild rice reserve found in S China island province - China Daily

New wild rice reserve found in S China island province - China Daily | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
New wild rice reserve found in S China island provinceChina DailyDubbed the "Giant Panda of the botanical world," wild rice is under state protection in China, and the tropical island of Hainan is known as a "gene bank" for wild rice.
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Genetic diversity analysis of hulless barley from Shangri-la region revealed by SSR and AFLP markers

Genetic diversity analysis of hulless barley from Shangri-la region revealed by SSR and AFLP markers | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Abstract  For adding the hulless barley resources of Shangri-la region to the global barley resource library, a basic work was done
by us to assess their genetic diversity of this region.
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Can Traditional Cuisines Survive Without Servants?

Can Traditional Cuisines Survive Without Servants? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
No, says the Economist, talking about Brazilian (and by extension) many other traditional cuisines.
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John Verlander's curator insight, September 25, 2014 2:32 PM

Provocative.  Don't know if I agree.

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Scientists reveal fundamental difference in East Asian and North American approach to flavour | Vancouver Sun

Scientists reveal fundamental difference in East Asian and North American approach to flavour | Vancouver Sun | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Chefs take note. New research published in the journal Nature reveals that East Asian cooks have a fundamentally different approach to combining flavours from their North American counterparts.
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Boys in Albanian Countryside

Boys in Albanian Countryside | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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Young boys and a flock of grazing sheep.
Photo ID 296621. 01/01/1991. Mamurras, Albania. UN Photo/G Accascina.
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