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Good news from ICARDA

by Luigi Guarino on October 16, 2017

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 39,000 accessions, and Morocco, another 32,000. Most of it is backed up in Svalbard.

You can read my own take right here on the blog. Here’s a shot of the new shadehouses I took during a visit a few months ago.

And do explore the ICARDA collection on Genesys.

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Osage orange outbreak

by Jeremy Cherfas on October 13, 2017

Took me a while to retrieve the proof I knew I’d need to fully convince Luigi. Here it is:

2015 10 31 10 56 04

And in case the upload process somehow mangles the EXIF data (which are there in my copy) Lat is 41.88761166666666 Long is 12.466925 and, well, that’s all you really need.

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Unravelling the role of biodiversity in the food-health nexus

12 October 2017

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 mention in the executive summary. In particular, high-placed sources are saying they would have preferred […]

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Occasional Osage orange occurs in Rome

12 October 2017

The Osage orange? Yeah, I didn’t know it either, but Maclura pomifera apparently “has a long and interesting history of use by both Native Americans and early pioneers.” I heard about it for the first time when Jeremy sent me a little piece this morning about Jared Rydelek, a YouTuber who goes around the world […]

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Another Committee on World Food Security report

11 October 2017

I knew I’d forget one: HLPE. 2017. Sustainable forestry for food security and nutrition. A report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the Committee on World Food Security, Rome. The webcast is live now. Also, since I’m at it, here’s a useful blog post on the other CFS […]

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Giving wheat breeders something to really cheer about

10 October 2017

Nice to see a story about germplasm evaluation by a genebank make it into the mainstream media in India. In what is claimed to be the first global mega study, Indian agricultural scientists screened about 20,000 accessions of wheat germplasm conserved in the country’s gene bank to identify genes that can confer resistance against all […]

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Is data a bottleneck to PPP in conservation too?

10 October 2017

Lawrence Haddad of GAIN has a blog post out on the “the data gaps that inhibit productive engagement between the public and the private spheres to advance nutrition.” It’s nicely summarized in a tweet. What data gaps are holding back the public and the private from working together? See below. https://t.co/Z5IpFvlS8I pic.twitter.com/lmHhk9tCNl — Lawrence Haddad […]

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Reports galore for the CFS

9 October 2017

It’s the time of year for major reports, I guess. Here’s what’s on the table: HLPE. 2017. Nutrition and food systems. A report by the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition of the Committee on World Food Security, Rome. FAO. 2017. The State of Food and Agriculture 2017 — Leveraging food […]

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