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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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Defending a Jungle Kingdom

Newly uncovered fortifications reveal how ancient Maya rulers struggled for wealth and territory (Defending a Jungle Kingdom.http://t.co/n6iwQbe...)...
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Women at the mercy of climate change

Women at the mercy of climate change | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Pockets of food insecurity are plaguing areas in Southern Africa where floods or prolonged mid-season dry spells have reduced harvests.

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Report says most deep-sea fishing is unsustainable

Report says most deep-sea fishing is unsustainable | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Researchers say more resources should be devoted to managing and improving near-shore fisheries

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Deep-sea fishing depletes marine biodiversity, causes profoun...


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IPBES Toby Hodgkin, Bioversity International

I liked a @YouTube video http://t.co/TaeHarT IPBES Toby Hodgkin, Bioversity International...
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Punjabis saving iconic Italian cheese

It was almost exactly 345 years ago that Samuel Pepys famously dug a hole in his garden in order to save his parmesan cheese from the Great Fire of London: …and I took the opportunity of laying all the papers of my office that I could not otherwise...
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Millions of coconut trees old and dying

Millions of coconut trees old and dying | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Millions of coconut trees old and dying. Put them out of their misery then, please!
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Saving Ancient Walnut Forests In the Valleys of Central Asia by Mike Ives:

Saving Ancient Walnut Forests In the Valleys of Central Asia by Mike Ives: | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan is home to some of the world’s largest remaining forests of walnut and wild fruit trees.
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Scientists find way to put iron in rice

Scientists find way to put iron in rice | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
ADELAIDE scientists have fortified rice so it can meet daily iron needs in a breakthrough that could create a super food for the world's under-nourished. (RT @adelaidenow Scientists find way to put iron in rice.
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Potatoes reduce blood pressure in people with obesity and high blood pressure

The potato's stereotype as a fattening food for health-conscious folks to avoid is getting another revision today as scientists report that just a couple servings of spuds a day reduces blood pressure almost as much as oatmeal without causing...
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FAO: Global hunger declining but still unacceptably high

FAO: Global hunger declining but still unacceptably high | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Interactive hunger map and >Policy Brief: click on the timeline or select a country for national data. At close to one billion, the number of undernourished people in the world remains unacceptably high in 2010 despite an expected decline – the first in 15 years. The recent increase in food prices, if it persists, will create additional obstacles in the fight to further reduce hunger. The number is higher than before the food and economic crises of 2008-2009 and higher than the level that existed when world leaders agreed to reduce the number of hungry by half at the World Food Summit in 1996.


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The taxman doesn’t like root crops

The highland groups adopted a swidden agriculture system (sometimes known, pejoratively, as “slash and burn”), shifting fields from place to place, staggering harvests, and relying on root crops to hide their yields from any visiting tax collectors.
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BioBlog: the biodiversity blog: Agriculture and biodiversity conservation: to spare or to share, that is the question

BioBlog: the biodiversity blog: Agriculture and biodiversity conservation: to spare or to share, that is the question | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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Evolution of Fruit Shape in Tomato « Biofortified

Evolution of Fruit Shape in Tomato « Biofortified | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Someday you’ll be able to use CAD software to draw up what you want a plant to look like and the software (containing detailed growth models) will tell you what genetic constructs you need to bring it into the world…

But for now we barely understand how natural morphological variation is controlled. So I was excited to see this paper out of the van der Knaap and Francis labs. In it, they review some of the known levers by which tomato plants control fruit shape and investigate their historical appearance.


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New Crop of Asian Americans in Farming - Viet World Kitchen

New Crop of Asian Americans in Farming - Viet World Kitchen | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Meet Daniel (Dan) Tran. He and his cohorts at the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Foods Systems (CASFS) may be your future farmer, landscape designer, chef, or urban renewal leader.

Via Ana Valdés, Jeremy Cherfas
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Himalayan landraces and climate change

I think it may be worth unpacking yesterday’s Himalayan Nibble a little bit. It all started with an IPS story about Nepali women abandoning hybrids and other imported varieties for local landraces in the face of drier and hotter conditions.
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New Agriculturist: Focus on... People and trees

New Agriculturist: Focus on... People and trees | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
As populations increase and food demands grow, people will need more trees for the multitude of services they provide.
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Join the CropWildRelativesGroup!!

Join the CropWildRelativesGroup!! | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
CropWildRelativesGroup: The Wild Relatives (Join the crop wild relatives mailing group!
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Nepali Women Sow a Secure Future

Nepali Women Sow a Secure Future | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Learning a lesson from crop failures attributed to climate change, Nepal’s women farmers are discarding imported hybrid seeds and husbanding hardier local varieties in cooperative seed banks.
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Crops for the Future » Blog Archive » Tree tomatoes, Mr Mairuri and middlemen

Crops for the Future » Blog Archive » Tree tomatoes, Mr Mairuri and middlemen | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
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Why we need Plant Scientists

Why we need Plant Scientists | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Plant scientist’ should take its rightful place beside ‘doctor’, ‘lawyer’ and ‘vet’ in the list of top professions to which our most capable young people aspire, according to a hard-hitting letter by an international group of botanists and crop scientists published today.


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IndianBotanists's comment, March 10, 2013 9:53 AM
How good if we get lady plant scientists - Read about Janaki Ammal Indian Woman Botanists http://adf.ly/Kb8En
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Home of the potato : un album sur Flickr

Flickr est certainement le meilleur service de gestion et de partage de photos en ligne au monde. Exposez vos photos préférées au monde entier. Partagez, en toute sécurité et en toute confidentialité, vos photos à vos amis et à votre famille.
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Marybeth Shea's comment, September 19, 2011 4:21 AM
Thank you, L. Charming.
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American Cattle Ranching is Outgunned by Climate Change

American Cattle Ranching is Outgunned by Climate Change | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
 Cattle-ranching, as quintessential to America's idea of itself as John Wayne and cowboy movies, will likely become a thing of the past as temperatures continue to rise. With the heat index above 120°F across many US states this summer - the kind...

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