The 2017 Frank Meyer Medal for Plant Genetic Resources Lecture is online

It’s by USDA’s Peter Bretting, of course, who aptly quotes Kurt Vonnegut in his discussion of Stewards of Our Agricultural Future: “Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.”

Experienced PGR stewards must not only successfully manage PGR, the green line that stands between humanity and calamity, but also serve as leaders to mentor those who recently became or will soon become the PGR stewards of our agricultural future. It is a collective responsibility for all of us, regardless of our job title, career stage, or intrinsic talents, to provide such leadership and thereby begin to erase that “flaw in the human character.”

The need for seed

Next year’s ISTA Seed Symposium, on 26-28 June 2019, has a conservation-themed session that looks unmissable:

Session 2: Ensuring seed quality for future generations. Genetic resources, Habitat restoration, Post-harvest handling, Long-term storage, Moisture content and Equilibrium relative humidity, Desiccation tolerance and recalcitrance, Seed longevity, Maintaining the seed quality of non-crop species.

It’ll be in Hyderabad, and you can save a bit of money by booking early.

Brainfood: Social media, Wheat double, Apple diversity, Land use change theory, Land use change praxis, Intensification, Ag metrics

Brainfood: Campesino maize, DELLA proteins, CC response, Nematodes, Collection duplication, Epidemics

Rescuing the ICARDA genebank

Another important CGIAR genebank with over 41,000 Triticeae accessions at the International Center for Agriculture Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) housed in Aleppo, Syria has been lost from the turmoil in that region…

Err, no, of course not. I thought this story was better known than such a statement implies. Maybe this will help.