The hues of the opal, the light of the diamond, are not to be seen if the eye is too near

by Luigi Guarino on October 13, 2012

There’s quite a lot of metaphor coming out of ICRISAT lately, for some reason. First we had Genes of Gold, referring to the use that the centre has made of the biodiversity within its crops in developing new, improved varieties. Then today we have a video on the Jewels of ICRISAT, which includes a couple of the aforementioned new varieties, plus the genebank itself.

The genebanks of the CGIAR, of which ICRISAT is one, have of course on occasion been described as the crown jewels of the system. They cost $21 million a year or thereabouts. Which seems cheap for crown jewels. Especially compared to the sort of price tag people are putting on saving the whole of biodiversity, rather than just that part of it which feeds us all.

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sanaaabdulwahab October 14, 2012 at 6:32 am

Dear Dr. Luigi
Would please , explain me what is the most important
( genes gold), is using in the world
Kindly ask you ,”Then today we have a video on the Jewels of ICRISAT”
if can send me this video
They cost $21 million a year or thereabouts this too much,
My gene bank have not one(1 $), I have many important material but without support ,
many thanks to you

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