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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icimod's Channel - YouTube

icimod's Channel - YouTube | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
ICIMOD activities and related video clips (RT @icimod: Medicinal and aromatic plants are invaluable biological resources used in both traditional and modern health care...)...
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Man On A Mission: Grow The World's Hottest Chili Pepper

Man On A Mission: Grow The World's Hottest Chili Pepper | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
An amateur chili grower aspires to break the Guinness World Record for the world's hottest pepper.
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Kenya: great potential for pyrethrum production

Kenya: great potential for pyrethrum production | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
In the past, growing pyrethrum was seen as the way small-scale Kenyan farmers raised a little cash for their farm family. All the produce was sold to the processing industry and few farmers were really aware of the potentials of pyrethrum.
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Children's Paintings of Maasai Medicine Plants

Children's Paintings of Maasai Medicine Plants | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The African Conservation Fund’s (ACF) program employs a strategy that builds local capacity for conservation by sourcing funds, providing skills, and creating geographical and cultural linkages regionally and internationally.
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Handmade chocolate

This video, and the chocolate, may not be to everybody’s taste … but I liked it. I haven’t tasted the chocolate.
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Fires are changing seed evolution

Fires are changing seed evolution | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Human-made fires are influencing the evolutionary process of some plant species' seeds. Scientists found that seeds that were less rounded and coated in thicker protective hairs were more likely to survive fires used to clear scrub.

See: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2011/10/31/1108863108.abstract

 


Via Annals of Botany: Plant Science Research
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Agrobiodiversity and Monoculture Homogenization in Agri/Culture ...

Agrobiodiversity and Monoculture Homogenization in Agri/Culture ... | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
”According to these pronouncements, the crises facing agrobiodiversity are quite similar with those of cultural diversity—losses in agriculture due to the introduction of modern chemical farming coupled with genetic ...
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Supply of anti-malarial plant seeds to be improved

To ensure that high yielding seeds from improved varieties of Artemisia annua will rapidly be made available for global cultivation, the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products has partnered with East-West Seeds to produce Artemisia seeds in...
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Managing the Commons

Ostrom pointed to an authoritative study of 100 protected forests in 14 countries, which shows that the cooperation of local people is more important to preserving these commons than whether a national government, local officials or someone else...
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Alexander Nazaryan Reviews "The Oxford Companion To Beer" | The New Republic

Alexander Nazaryan Reviews "The Oxford Companion To Beer" | The New Republic | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
"The Oxford Companion To Beer" -- Gimme!
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Use of GBIF helps clarify environment-species links

Use of GBIF helps clarify environment-species links | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Analysis of a massive set of mammal data accessed through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Data Portal has helped quantify the influence of various environmental factors on which species are present in a particular area.

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International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium

International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium...

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Groping for Ruoppolo’s grapes

Groping for Ruoppolo’s grapes | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Ever seen grapes like the ones in the painting? Just an oddity or widely consumed at the time?
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Marking 10 years of the International Treaty

Marking 10 years of the International Treaty | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
'A promising start but more to be done' - the general consensus agreed at an international event held in Rome to mark 10 years of the International Treaty of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture....
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Dog breeding: the debasement of the American cocker spaniel

Dog breeding: the debasement of the American cocker spaniel | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
If you frequent this site, you'll know that I'm much more partial to cats than to dogs, but dogs do excel in one respect: they better demonstrate the power of artificial selection.

Every year I ...
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Extending the rapeseed genepool with resynthesized Brassica napus L.

Extending the rapeseed genepool with resynthesized Brassica napus L. | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Abstract  Resynthesized Brassica napus L. could be employed to increase the genetic variation in the narrow oilseed rape genepool and to establish a genetically
distant genepool for hybrid breeding.
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Happy birthday, ITPGRFA!

It’s only the 10th anniversary of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture?
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Plant genetics and opportunities in agriculture

What role could or should plant genetics play in increasing agricultural production? Dave Baulcombe, a prominent scientist, and leading farmer debate this crucial question.


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Pigeonpea genome to help poor farmers

A group of researchers, lead by the International Crops Research for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), has successfully mapped the genome of pigeonpea, a move which is expected to lead to more disease and drought resistant varieties.
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Practical Agricultural Development

"Not that we have anything against plant breeders, no sir. But it is good to be reminded by MAT Kinase that breeding is not the only option. MAT’s five points..."

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Why did our ancestors prefer white bread to wholegrain bread?

Why did our ancestors prefer white bread to wholegrain bread? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Here’s my stab at an answer, or rather a couple of answers.  I’ll concentrate on Europe but I think the same would apply in most places grains are used (except perhaps Africa and Mexico, because maize is a bit different).
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