The Journal of Tropical Agricultural Sciences has a nice appreciation of the life and career of Prof. Chin Hoong-Fong, who died recently. He was a pioneer of seed conservation research, as the list of selected papers by Prof. Chin included in the tribute makes abundantly clear.
It struck me that our friends at AfricaRice genebank and their partners have been particularly busy genotyping and phenotyping these past couple of years, so here’s a quick roundup of recent papers on the crop for easy reference.
And I’m sure I’m missed a few, these are just the ones that we have included in Brainfoods…
There’s also this more popular piece on African rice in the New World.
Nunhems Netherlands b.v., currently a subsidiary company of Bayer (soon a subsidiary of BASF), specializing in vegetable varieties, has paid USD 119,083 to the International Treaty’s Benefit-sharing Fund, equaling 0.77% of seed sales of ten varieties of vegetables commercialized using germplasm made available by the Centre for Genetic Resources of the Netherlands (CGN) and the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) of Germany through the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing of the International Treaty. [links added]
A hugely important milestone for the Treaty and the whole plant genetic resources conservation community. Hopefully the first of many such announcements.