Nibbles: Irradiated mangoes, PNG genebank, Chinese taro, Strawberry breeding, DNA sequencing, Googling sheep, Weird pineapple, Agroforestry, Olive diversity, Xylella, Fermentation, Pulque & mezcal, Cheese & donkeys, Italian food double, Tomato double, Fairchild, Vanilla history, Potato history, Kelemu

Did you miss us? Well, we’re making up for lost time today. Buckle up. Seafaring mangoes. India to help PNG get (another?) genebank. Somebody mention taro? The Chinese are coming. Strawberries for Christmas. Handheld genotyping. Brave new world. All the sheep in the world. Trees > lungs. Pink pineapple. Yeah, why not. Tuscan olives are …

Xylella spreads shock

A few days ago the European Commission published its “List of demarcated areas established in the Union territory for the presence of Xylella fastidiosa as referred to in Article 4(1) of Decision (EU) 2015/789” and the news is not good for Corsica, the Balearics and assorted other areas. A good summary of the story so …

Squeezing olives

BTW, if you want to see what that “olive plague” we blogged about a few days ago looks like, here’s a despatch from the front lines by our intrepid photojournalist on the spot, Layla. Incidentally, my attention has coincidentally recently been drawn to the Bioresources For Oliviculture (BeFOre) project (emphasis added): The project aims at …