Nibbles: UK horticulture funding, AVRDC, Biofortification, SRI debate, Stressed bees, Nutrient decline, Beneficial viruses, DNA for dummies, Chaffey, Cow genebank, Organic network

by Luigi Guarino on February 25, 2013

  • For UK horticulturalists in need of cash. Wonder if that includes the rosemary collection.
  • I’m pretty sure it doesn’t include AVRDC.
  • Who would no doubt agree with Mark Lynas that “No-one disputes that a balanced and nutritionally-adequate diet is the best long-term solution to vitamin A deficiency and malnutrition in general.” And be as puzzled as the rest of us for the relative lack of funding for research on such a diet.
  • A discussion of why mainstream agricultural science hasn’t got the message across about SRI, courtesy of Facebook. Yeah well, the whole concept of basing interventions on, you know, evidence, is not exactly mainstream. Just ask the balanced and nutritionally-adequate diet guys.
  • Bees are stressed out, the poor things.
  • Creative Commons graphs on changes in vegetable nutrient content.
  • Not all plant viruses are bad.
  • Pat Heslop-Harrison talks DNA, with his usual extraordinary fluency, from 11 mins in.
  • Plant Cuttings! Everything from the botany of food to transcription factors for C4 photosynthesis.
  • Cow genebank proposed.
  • IFOAM gets a TIPI. Vandana Shiva no doubt ecstatic.