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Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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The fashionably late arrival of cucumbers in Europe #bad11

The fashionably late arrival of cucumbers in Europe #bad11 | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Weblog of the Annals of Botany (Cucumbers in Europe: a history.
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Taking nutritional data to the PNG public #BAD11

I recently posted the following quote on the Biodiversity for Nutrition group.
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The Scientist Gardener: Genetic Engineering vs. Breeding

The Scientist Gardener: Genetic Engineering vs. Breeding | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Genetic Engineering vs. Breeding. No contest, really.
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Kew unveils native flower seed bank

Kew unveils native flower seed bank | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Kew Gardens is launching a seed bank for native plant species that will help to protect and restore disappearing wildflower meadows in the UK.

The UK Native Seed Hub, an initiative from Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, will provide high-quality seeds and scientific advice to groups growing wildflower meadows across the UK. The hub will then go on to support the restoration of 40 other native habitats such as chalk grasslands and lowland heathland.

The first meadows will be restored by a collaboration between Kew and the High Weald Landscape Trust's Weald meadows initiative in West Sussex. Species to be reintroduced include the harebell (Campanula rotundifolia), oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) and sneezewort (Achillea ptarmica). Robin Probert, head of technology and training at Kew, said: "This is habitat that has suffered the most over the past decades … only about 2% of the old species-rich meadows are left since the second world war."


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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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Grass becomes source of income for pastoralists

Grass has become an alternative source of income for 100 pastoralist families in Kalacha, in the Chalbi Desert in Northern Kenya.
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Exploring the population genetics of genebank and historical landrace varieties

Exploring the population genetics of genebank and historical landrace varieties | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Exploring the population genetics of genebank and historical landrace varieties - Life Sciences Social Network (Exploring the population genetics of genebank and historical landrace varieties http://t.co/kiN3D8t3...)...
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Chinese scientists tour research station

Chinese scientists tour research stationGreen Bay Press GazetteA delegation of nine Chinese potato scientists from the Institute of Potato, Guizhou Province, visited the US Potato Genebank and Peninsular Agricultural Research Station on Oct.
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Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship - deadline for applications 11 November

Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship - deadline for applications 11 November | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Reminder about the upcoming deadline for VFF applications and video interview with the first fellow...
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Maya nut could boost resilience to climate change

Maya nut could boost resilience to climate change | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The Maya nut is one of few tree species able to adapt to climate change in tropical forests, fostering food security and resilience. (The good old Maya nut to the rescue again. What a trooper!
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Bacardi, and its yeast, await a return to Cuba

Bacardi, and its yeast, await a return to Cuba | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
At 6 a.m. on Oct. 14, 1960, Cuban national radio announced that the Communist government was nationalizing sugar mills and rum factories — including the island's most famous business, Bacardi.
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Akaro the bread of Ankore - New Vision

Akaro the bread of Ankore - New Vision | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
New VisionAkaro the bread of AnkoreNew VisionBy Deusdedit Ruhangariyo The term bread means 'bread' to almost all the people around the universe but not so to the Banyankore of Nkore kingdom in South Western Uganda.

 

Don't miss the comments for a more extensive discussion of the topic.


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Food for the Future

Food for the Future | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Food sustainability and security is a hot topic in the news at the moment, with both famine and GM products being high on the news agenda. The Genetics Resource Unit, part of Warwick Crop Centre in the School of Life Sciences, is a seed bank holding many important species of crop. Dr Charlotte Allender, Assistant Manager of the GRU, explains more about the unit and the aims it hopes to achieve, and what is the importance of preserving the genetic history of crops.


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Top five myths about genetic modification

Top five myths about genetic modification | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The Conversation asked CSIRO scientist, Richard Richards, to look at the top five myths about genetic modification (GM), and correct the public record.Myth one: GM is just haphazard, imprecise cross…...

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Brave New Grispworld

Brave New Grispworld | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Click here to view the embedded video. What IRRI’s DDG doesn’t mention in this video is that all those accessions (or many of them anyway) whose genomes are going to be painstakingly sequenced for the greater good of rice breeders everywhere are...
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World Food Day: Food prices - From Crisis to Stability. 16th October 2011

World Food Day: Food prices - From Crisis to Stability. 16th October 2011 | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
As events around the world get underway to mark World Food Day 2011, Emile Frison, Director General, Bioversity International speaks about the importance of this year's theme...
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Rice research starts to pay off

Related links Rice breeding brings billions to SE Asia Vietnam’s rice harvest rises through research International Rice Research Institute’s contribution to rice varietal yield improvement in South-East Asia (ACIAR report) Australian agricultural...
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Trees 'boost African crop yields'

Trees 'boost African crop yields' | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Planting trees that improve soil quality can help boost crop yields for African farmers and improve food security, an assessment shows.
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Taro leaf blight in Cameroon?

The wires have been humming lately about a new disease cutting a swathe through Cameroon’s taro crop.
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TEDxTC - Jonathan Foley - The Other Inconvenient Truth

The Other Inconvenient Truth: How Agriculture is Changing the Face of Our Planet We typically think of climate change as the biggest environmental issue we f...
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