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Dr Shakeel Bhatti addresses the Global consultation on agrobiodiversity

Dr Shakeel Bhatti, Secretary of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) addresses the participants ...youtube.com
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Cultivar architecture modulates spore dispersal by rain splash: A new perspective to reduce disease progression in cultivar mixtures

Cultivar architecture modulates spore dispersal by rain splash: A new perspective to reduce disease progression in cultivar mixtures | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Cultivar mixtures can be used to improve the sustainability of disease management within farming systems by growing cultivars that differ in their disease resistance level in the same field. The impact of canopy aerial architecture on rain-splash dispersal could amplify disease reduction within mixtures. We designed a controlled conditions experiment to study single splash-dispersal events and their consequences for disease. We quantified this impact through the spore interception capacities of the component cultivars of a mixture. Two wheat cultivars, differing in their aerial architecture (mainly leaf area density) and resistance to Septoria tritici blotch, were used to constitute pure stands and mixtures with 75% of resistant plants that accounted for 80% of the canopy leaf area. Canopies composed of 3 rows of plants were exposed to standardized spore fluxes produced by splashing calibrated rain drops on a linear source of inoculum. Disease propagation was measured through spore fluxes and several disease indicators. Leaf susceptibility was higher for upper than for lower leaves. Dense canopies intercepted more spores and mainly limited horizontal spore transfer to the first two rows. The presence of the resistant and dense cultivar made the mixed canopy denser than the susceptible pure stand. No disease symptoms were observed on susceptible plants of the second and third rows in the cultivar mixture, suggesting that the number of spores intercepted by these plants was too low to cause disease symptoms. Both lesion area and disease conditional severity were significantly reduced on susceptible plants within mixtures on the first row beside the inoculum source. Those reductions on one single-splash dispersal event, should be amplified after several cycle over the full epidemic season. Control of splash-dispersed diseases within mixtures could therefore be improved by a careful choice of cultivars taking into consideration both resistance and architecture.
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Genetic Architecture of a Rice Nested Association Mapping Population

Genetic Architecture of a Rice Nested Association Mapping Population | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Genetic Architecture of a Rice Nested Association Mapping Population  Date 2017 Language en Type Journal Article Review status Peer Review Accessibility Open Access Metadata Show full item record Share Citation Fragoso, Christopher A.; Moreno, Maria; Wang, Zuoheng; Heffelfinger, Christopher;...
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A risk assessment framework for seed degeneration: Informing an integrated seed health strategy for vegetatively-propagated crops

A risk assessment framework for seed degeneration: Informing an integrated seed health strategy for vegetatively-propagated crops | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
A risk assessment framework for seed degeneration: Informing an integrated seed health strategy for vegetatively-propagated crops  Date 2017 Language en Type Journal Article Review status Peer Review Accessibility Open Access Metadata Show full item record Share Citation Thomas-Sharma, Sara;...
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The way ahead on nutrition? – Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

While waiting for agriculture to do that transformation thing, it may be worthwhile reading the latest Global Nutrition Report. Although some metrics are moving in the wrong direction, I found some comfort in this observation: …‘triple duty actions’ which tackle malnutrition and other development challenges could yield multiple benefits across the SDGs. For example, diversification … Continue reading "The way ahead on nutrition?"
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Agriculture hoping to transform itself, and COP23 – Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

So, the UN Climate Change Conference, otherwise known as COP23, has started here in Bonn, and we’re trying to make sure the voice of agriculture is heard, on the fringes if nowhere else. The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is busy touting its vision for an agricultural transformation under … Continue reading "Agriculture hoping to transform itself, and COP23"
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Agriculture Action Day, it says here… – Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

And FAO is all over it: The impacts of climate change on food systems are a fundamental threat to humankind. Climate change disproportionately affects smallholder and family farmers, pastoralist, fishing and forest communities, who provide the bulk of our planet’s food. At the same time, agriculture contributes almost a quarter of the total anthropogenic greenhouse … Continue reading "Agriculture Action Day, it says here…"
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Seeds in motion

I guess it’s an occupational hazard, but whenever I see such maps, as in the new atlas Rural Africa in motion. Dynamics and drivers of migration south of the Sahara from FAO, my first question is: how many of those people are carrying seeds?
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Irish apples are smiling – Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

There’s always something on the intertubes about “the Great British Apple” this time of year (ok, not only British), but instead of reading the rather turgid Guardian article, why don’t you do yourselves a favour and listen to Jeremy’s podcast from Irish Seed Savers instead?
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Irish apples are smiling

There’s always something on the intertubes about “the Great British Apple” this time of year (ok, not only British), but instead of reading the rather turgid Guardian article, why don’t you do yourselves a favour and listen to Jeremy’s podcast
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Good news from ICARDA – Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

Good news from ICARDA – Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
From the recent New York Times feature on the ICARDA genebank: Icarda’s entire collection houses seeds that have sustained the people of the Middle East for centuries, including some 14,700 varieties of bread wheat, 32,000 varieties of barley, and nearly 16,000 varieties of chickpea, the key component of falafel. The Lebanon seed bank houses about … Continue reading "Good news from ICARDA"
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Five ways food biodiversity contributes to healthier diets

Five ways food biodiversity contributes to healthier diets | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
With World Food Day approaching, researchers Gina Kennedy and Dietmar Stoian explain how food biodiversity can help address hunger, malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies.
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15 Organizations Promoting Indigenous Knowledge in the Food System

15 Organizations Promoting Indigenous Knowledge in the Food System | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Food security depends on the preservation of traditional knowledge. August 9 is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This year’s theme is Indigenous Peoples and Education to highlight the importance of education and preserving indigenous knowledge.   
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What The Hell Is Agrobiodiversity And Why Do We Need To Care

What The Hell Is Agrobiodiversity And Why Do We Need To Care | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Recently, experts gave us a fresh spark of climate change-related terror. The suggestion was made that the plant species that we turn into chips, coffee and chocolate (i.e. potatoes, coffee cherries and cocoa beans) are in danger of extinction, as a
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Ground penetrating radar: a case study for estimating root bulking rate in cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz)

Ground penetrating radar: a case study for estimating root bulking rate in cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Ground penetrating radar: a case study for estimating root bulking rate in cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz)  Authors Hays, Dirk B. Bruton, Richard K. Ceballos, Hernán Novo, Alexandre Boi, Enrico Date 2017 Language en Type Journal Article Review status Peer Review Accessibility Open Access...
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Climate change and crop diversity: farmers’ perceptions and adaptation on the Bolivian Altiplano

Climate change and crop diversity: farmers’ perceptions and adaptation on the Bolivian Altiplano | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Climate change and crop diversity: farmers’ perceptions and adaptation on the Bolivian Altiplano View/Open  Authors Meldrum, G. Mijatovic, D. Rojas, W. Flores, J. Pinto, M. Mamani, G. Condori, E. Hilaquita, D. Gruberg, H. Padulosi, S.
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Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog – Agrobiodiversity is crops, livestock, microbes, pollinators, wild relatives …

Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog – Agrobiodiversity is crops, livestock, microbes, pollinators, wild relatives … | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
I guess it’s an occupational hazard, but whenever I see such maps, as in the new atlas Rural Africa in motion. Dynamics and drivers of migration south of the Sahara from FAO, my first question is: how many of those people are carrying seeds? Dr.
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Happy 50th, CIAT & IITA – Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

Follow the fun in all the usual ways, both from Cali and Ibadan. And for a focus on the genebanks, in those centres and all the others, there’s always the Genebank Platform website.
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A modicum of Indian rice diversity – Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

A modicum of Indian rice diversity – Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Dr. Ruaraidh Sackville Hamilton highlights to PM @narendramodi some of the rice varieties stored at the International Rice Genebank. Over the years, #India alone has shared 18,161 types of rice! READ MORE: https://t.co/iFID2UxZBG Photo courtesy of PM's media team. pic.twitter.com/I5IMtDxAfn — IRRI (@RiceResearch) November 14, 2017 Always good to see a politician visiting a genebank. … Continue reading "A modicum of Indian rice diversity"
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Malagasy yams win internet – Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

Dioscorea bako (EN, IUCN) #OviGasy the most yam apprecieted by Menabe #Madagascar people and cultivated and conserved through the KMCC project @TeamKMCC pic.twitter.com/kmCRruuXlK — Mamy Tiana Rajaonah (@RajaonahMamy) November 10, 2017 Seeing this amazing yam on Twitter reminded me that it’s about time I gave a shout-out to the project “Conserving Madagascar’s yams through cultivation … Continue reading "Malagasy yams win internet"
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To the world of food festivals in India - The Statesman

To the world of food festivals in India - The Statesman | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
Food festivals offer a great platform where one can savour authentic flavours of local food. Here are must-attend food festivals in beautiful places of India.
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Pass the bottle – Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

Bad news on the olive harvest in Italy and the grape harvest in France. Maybe production can move to Britain?
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Pass the bottle

Bad news on the olive harvest in Italy and the grape harvest in France. Maybe production can move to Britain?
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Unravelling the role of biodiversity in the food-health nexus

Regarding the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) report Unravelling the Food–Health Nexus, which we mentioned a couple of days ago, I hear that there was surprise in some quarters that biodiversity didn’t get more of a
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Roasted Bambara groundnut: an emerging income source for women in Mali

Roasted Bambara groundnut: an emerging income source for women in Mali | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
On the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women, that takes place on 15 October, our researchers give us insight into how Bambara groundnut is emerging as an income source for women in Mali.
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Good news from ICARDA

Good news from ICARDA | Agricultural Biodiversity | Scoop.it
From the recent New York Times feature on the ICARDA genebank: Icarda’s entire collection houses seeds that have sustained the people of the Middle East for centuries, including some 14,700 varieties of bread wheat, 32,000 varieties of barley, and nearly
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