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Agricultural Biodiversity
Genetic and species diversity of crops, trees, livestock, fish, pollinators, microbes etc etc
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SNiPlay3 : a web-based application for exploration and large scale analyses of genomic variations

SNiPlay3 : a web-based application for exploration and large scale analyses of genomic variations | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
SNiPlay3 : a web-based application for exploration and large scale analyses of genomic variations #ICT4D #ICT4Ag https://t.co/LhN3k8C61y
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Milking quinoa for livelihoods

Milking quinoa for livelihoods | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
We’ve been contacted by Alexander Wankel of Pachakuti Foods with news of an intriguing Kickstarter campaign.
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Lethal yellowing spreads in West Africa

Lethal yellowing spreads in West Africa | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Readers may remember our recent post on the threat to the international coconut collection in Papua New Guinea that is being posed by a new disease.
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Oil lamp at the end of the tunnel?

Not a short-term solution, clearly, but it might be worthwhile starting to screen the larger collections, surely.
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Global Food Policy Report the usual downer

IFPRI’s 2016 Global Food Policy Report: How We Feed the World is Unsustainable is out and it makes for sobering reading. The press release doesn’t pull any punches either.
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Tracking SDG 2, unofficially and preliminarly

Tracking SDG 2, unofficially and preliminarly | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The unofficial Preliminary Sustainable Development Goal Index and Dashboard are (is?) out, courtesy of SDSN, and open for comment. Here’s the list of indicators they used (click to embiggen).
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A tomato comes back home

A tomato comes back home | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The return to its native land of an historic tomato variety developed by the famous wheat breeder Nazareno Strampelli is making a splash in Italy.
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Transforming agriculture in Africa

I challenged our friend Andy Jarvis to summarize his just-out paper (with assorted co-authors) in Nature Climate Change1 in a tweet, and this is what he came up with: @AgroBioDiverse Model maps where + when farmer must change staple crop:...
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CCAFS tells the world how agriculture can adapt to climate change

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security has prepared syntheses papers on two of the topics related to agriculture that are being considered by UNFCCC’s Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological...
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Cooperation-88 featured in National Geographic

Farmers once cultivated a wider array of genetically diverse crop varieties, but modern industrialized agriculture has focused mainly on a commercially successful few.
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Looking for a good potato picture

Looking for a good potato picture | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

Well, Kevin Abosch takes a pretty decent picture of a potato. I’m not sure it’s worth the million dollar price tag, but it’s definitely not bad, as far as I’m concerned.

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Good news from Fiji

While the extent of damage at SPC offices and project sites is yet to be determined, Dr Tukuitonga confirmed the globally-significant tissue culture collections at SPC’s Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) in Suva are unaffected, as ...

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Building a prize-winning cassava house

We often say that crop diversity is the foundation of food security, but you have to actually build a house on a foundation, to get the full benefit.

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AVGRIS revamped

AVGRIS revamped | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
The World Vegetable Center has come up with a redesigned front-end for presenting data on its germplasm collection to the world.
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The long and winding road to crop wild relative conservation priorities

The long and winding road to crop wild relative conservation priorities | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Those who follow these things will probably have noticed a certain frisson in the press over a paper in Nature Plants on setting conservation priorities for crop wild relatives.
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Fancy maths meets haystack

One of the authors, Michael Mackay, tells us about a new book that is sure to set pulses racing.
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Mapping crop words online

Mapping crop words online | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Do you remember the post a few weeks ago about Jack Grieve and his method for mapping words used in tweets? He helped us to investigate to what extent it could be used to map crops in the USA. The
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How to get over your quinoa guilt trip, kinda

We’ve poked fun in the past at people who think that high prices for quinoa are taking food out of the mouths of poor farmers in Bolivia and Peru, but here’s a confession.
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Measuring the elements of sorghum

There’s a great photo on the cover of Plant Physiology this month. The paper in question looks at the “ionome” of sorghum seeds. That’s a new one on me too.
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Bugsolutely Launches "Superfood" Cricket Pasta, as Edible Insect Trend Develops

Bugsolutely Launches "Superfood" Cricket Pasta, as Edible Insect Trend Develops | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Bugsolutely Cricket Pasta is the result of months of R&D. It's made from a mix of durum semolina flour, wheat flour and cricket flour sourced from selected, certified suppliers. The production chain follows international standards and the product is Thai FDA approved. Thanks to the cricket flour the pasta gets a brown color and a nutty taste. The product is available as fusilli, in a 350 gr (12.3 Oz) sealed package. 

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More access to the data on the Access to Seeds Index needed?

More access to the data on the Access to Seeds Index needed? | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
I took Jeremy’s advice and have been doing some digging around the excellent Access to Seeds Index website.
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Farmer-saved seeds are not fake

“Fake seeds” have been making the news in Uganda recently, on the back of a World Bank paper: Of the many factors that keep small-scale Ugandan farmers poor, seed counterfeiting may be the least understood.
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American vs European taste

Julia Belluz has a long article over at Vox on Why fruits and vegetables taste better in Europe. Compared to the US, that is. Here’s the bottom line.

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Vulnerability of crop wild relatives kinda sorta mapped

Vulnerability of crop wild relatives kinda sorta mapped | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it

There’s a nice paper in Nature on how sensitive vegetation around the world is expected to be to climate change. Here’s the money map. Cries to be mashed up with crop wild relative distributions and gap analysis.

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Nuanced seed suppliers

Giant multinational seed companies are the spawn of the devil. All farmers really need is the freedom to exchange seeds among themselves and all will be well. Right?

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