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by Luigi Guarino on April 17, 2017

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Clem April 17, 2017 at 1:47 pm

Luigi asked:
But do we really want to promote a landrace as a functional food?

Why wouldn’t we? Would its landrace status be lost if it were a functional food? My suspicion is there would be breeding to select the nutritionally positive attributes into a higher yielding maize background with subsequent commercialization. The original landrace could remain – and in situ conservation might even be bolstered if the nutraceutical value caught on (ala quinoa) among foodies. So I’m not sure where the difficulty lies.

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Luigi Guarino April 24, 2017 at 9:34 am

I just don’t think that it’s a scalable strategy for landrace conservation.

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