One rare lettuce

by Luigi Guarino on June 29, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 9.16.18 AMSpeaking of crop wild relatives, there’s one in India which is known only from its type locality. I wonder how many around the world?


Crop wild relative in the mainstream

by Luigi Guarino on June 28, 2015

Isn’t it amazing that the internet is going crazy over the blooming of a crop wild relative?

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Saluting Edmond Albius

by Luigi Guarino on June 28, 2015

By the late 18th century, a ton of Mexican vanilla was worth … “its weight in silver.”

That’s just one of the fun facts I learned from Robert Krulwich’s rendering of the bittersweet story of the slave boy on the Indian Ocean island of Réunion who discovered how to manually pollinate vanilla. Or did he? Well, that’s the point of the story. If you read the whole thing over at National Geographic’s blogs, you also get the benefit of some really charming drawings.


Genebanks are valuable, even without climate change

27 June 2015

As agriculture adapts to climate change, crop genetic resources can be used to develop new plant varieties that are more tolerant of changing environmental conditions. Crop genetic resources (or germplasm) consist of seeds, plants, or plant parts that can be used in crop breeding, research, or conservation. The public sector plays an important role in […]

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26 June 2015

There is, apparently, something called the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council. With a Twitter feed and everything. And it has a rather busy, but very informative, infographic on trade flows in these commodities. Here’s just a part of it. I’d like to print the whole thing out on A0 paper and stick it on […]

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Food composition data for policy makers

25 June 2015

Biodiversity International are organizing a workshop on “Biodiversity for Improved Nutrition and Health: The critical role of food composition in decision making for agriculture and nutrition programming and policy” on 2 November 2015, just before the International Food Data Conference (IFDC) in Hyderabad. Sounds very worthy. Just a reminder that if you’re really into food […]

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CIAT’s new genebank

24 June 2015

Oh my. They’re not far off raising the required cash, apparently. Fingers crossed.

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A Space for Landraces at MAXXI

23 June 2015

MAXXI, a fashionable museum in Rome, is running an exhibition called “FOOD dal Cucchiaio al Mondo.”1 I was asked to contribute a little piece for the Landscape section. You can buy the catalogue online, and it does have lots of articles much more interesting than mine, and photos too. But if you just want to […]

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PGR Newsletter finds a home

22 June 2015

It’s been five years since Robert Koebner and Theo van Hintum published the following call to action on our blog: There has not been an issue of the Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter (PGRN) for a year. Its loss means that there is no longer a sensible outlet for “grey” literature on PRG -– such as […]

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