A new genetic resources journal

Very worthy endeavour kicks off.

We are happy to announce the creation of Genetic Resources (www.GenResJ.org), a new open access peer-reviewed online journal which is free to publish and free to read. The journal is inspired by the late Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter and Animal Genetic Resources journal and aims to fill the gaps left by their discontinuation. Starting as part of the GenRes Bridge project, this new journal will serve as a common platform to share knowledge, tools and other information among practitioners and researchers across different domains of genetic resources, with a focus on plant, animal and forest genetic resources. The first issue of Genetic Resources is scheduled to be published in June 2020.

Genetic Resources publishes methods, strategies, guidelines, case studies or reviews on a variety of topics of interest on the present and future use of genetic resources. These may include the documentation, conservation, management, assessment, characterization and evaluation of genetic resources and their link to broader biodiversity, socioeconomic practices, policy guidelines or similar, serving stakeholders within and across sectors. Its target audience are practitioners and researchers involved in monitoring, collecting, maintaining, conserving, characterizing and using genetic resources for food, agriculture and forestry.

Genetic Resources is now accepting submissions of manuscripts for consideration in the journal. Authors are invited to submit original research, reviews or short communications that cover the scope of the journal.

For further details, please visit our website: www.GenResJ.org and review our Author Guidelines. If you are interested in joining the editorial board, becoming a reviewer or for any other additional information please contact the managing editor Sandra Goritschnig at s.goritschnig at cgiar.org.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Send your stuff in now to make it into the inaugural issue.

Brainfood: Grassland diversity, Perennial crops, Ancient dates, Armenian grapes, Endangered trees, HLB sniffers, Household data, NUS, Phenotyping, Sorghum parasites, Wild Vigna, Ancient foods, Climate frontier

Power on Your Plate

That’s the catchy title of a forthcoming conference on African indigenous vegetables, to be held 25-28 May 2020 in Arusha, Tanzania. Here’s the somewhat more clunky subhead: An All-Africa Summit on Diversifying Food Systems with African Traditional Vegetables to Increase Health, Nutrition and Wealth.

Regular readers of this blog will know that we have a thing for African leafy greens here, so we’ll be keeping a beady eye on this one. Thanks to the World Vegetable Centre for organizing it.

BTW, I’ve just noticed that WorldVeg has a new (at least to me) way to search for research on vegetables etc., called HARVEST.

And since I’m at it, kudos for including a link to the genebank on the banner at the top of the conference website, as well as the institute homepage. Kinda wish CGIAR centres did that too…

Oh, and the WorldVeg genebank is contributing to the largest ever deposit event to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

Brainfood: Ethiopian ABS, Horse double, Grapevine double, Naked barley, Sub clover diversity, Soybean diversity, USDA sorghum, Chicken diversity double, VAM, Oz wild rice