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DOI guidelines are open for comment

by Luigi Guarino on March 15, 2017

The Secretariat of the International Treaty is pleased to invite Contracting Parties and Stakeholders to provide comments for the update of the Guidelines for the optimal use of Digital Object Identifiers as permanent unique identifiers for germplasm samples – v.2 (herewith attached) elaborated within the Programme of Work on the Global Information System (GLIS) of Article 17.

We talked about this. Now go crazy.

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Vegetable life on Mars

by Luigi Guarino on March 14, 2017

“Much to our surprise, despite the soil’s high salinity, two of the 75 potato breeds we had brought in were able to produce tubers in this soil. It was inspiring news to all of us,” Dr. Valdivia-Silva said.

That would be Martian soil. No word on whether the results will make their way into the relevant databases.

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Agricultural death spiral

13 March 2017

Based on our projections, the world will need only 25 percent to 70 percent more crop output in 2050 than was produced in 2014. This includes grain used to feed livestock and, to some extent, grain used for ethanol production. I do like that “only.” In fact, and this is nothing new… Food production will […]

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Brainfood: Hot pepper double, Tibetan chickens, Watermelon diversity, Sunflower accessions, CWR meh, E Africa early ag, Pristine myth, African deforestation

13 March 2017

Screening old peppers (Capsicum spp.) for disease resistance and pungency-related traits. Resistance does not correlate with geography within an Andean collection. Bioactive Compound Variability in a Brazilian Capsicum Pepper Collection. No accession is high in everything. Genetic evidence from mitochondrial DNA corroborates the origin of Tibetan chickens. That is, the surrounding regions. Morphological and genetic […]

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Sweet day

8 March 2017

On this fine day, meet Dr Janaki Ammal… By manipulating polyploid cells through cross-breeding of hybrids in the laboratory, Janaki was able to create a high yielding strain of the sugarcane that would thrive in Indian conditions. Her research also helped analyse the geographical distribution of sugarcane across India, and to establish that the S. […]

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CIAT blogging roundup

6 March 2017

I paid tribute to the late great Hans Rosling in my recent post over at the work blog, but CIAT did it better. See also their very enjoyable pean to a bean explorer who is thankfully very much alive, though nearing retirement. And think about joining them.

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Brainfood: ABS data, Spanish chestnuts, Norwegian CWR, Bambara genome, AnGR, Jakar sheep decline, Ashanti pig, Bactris biopiracy, Avocado core, Brassicacea phylogeny

6 March 2017

Access and Benefit Sharing under the Convention on Biological Diversity and Its Protocol: What Can Some Numbers Tell Us about the Effectiveness of the Regulatory Regime? That not much has happened. Between 1996 and 2015, out of the 14 countries with ABS legislation in force, 2 agreements for commercial researches per year. Genetic monitoring of […]

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Peering at pea data

28 February 2017

In Europe, agriculture is highly dependent on imported soybean from South America. Potential alternative sources are protein from peas (Pisum sativum L.) or more local sources like other grain legumes or rapeseed meal (Brassica napus L. subsp. oliefera [sic]). These are also good rotation crops. For farmers, protein and yield are key traits. In this […]

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