Brainfood: Maize regeneration, Watkins collection, Jordan barley landraces, CWR in Europe, Early agriculture, Papaya knowledge, Cryo, Tree diversity, AM, Indegee, Wild beet, Early NE ag, Fire!

18 June 2017

Ex-situ conservation of maize germplasm from different latitudes. You can do it, but not without some genetic changes. High density genotyping of the A.E. Watkins Collection of hexaploid landraces identifies a large molecular diversity compared to elite bread wheat. There’s plenty of interesting variation there, as you’d expect. Changes in barley (Hordeum vulgare L. subsp. […]

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Roundup on food composition, biodiversity and nutrition

16 June 2017

FAO is leading global food composition activities since its beginning and has published several regional food composition tables. Since 1999, FAO is operating its food composition activities through INFOODS, the International Network of Food Data Systems, aiming to improve the quality, availability, reliability and use of food composition data. This fruitful collaboration has led to […]

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Nibbles: Citrus conservation, Amazon civilizations, Agricultural adaptation, Farming First, Communicating impact, Church forests, Food Forever Initiative

16 June 2017

Conserving citrus in cryo. More rethinking of the early civilizations of the Amazon. Agriculture led to genetic changes in humans as much as in crops and livestock. Farming First goes all in on the SDGs. Oh, yeah, also I won the quiz. Ka-ching! Scientists, tell your stories for impact, including on policy. The sacred forests […]

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Squeezing olives

16 June 2017

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 […]

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Brainfood: Arracacha diversity, Mediterranean diet, Asian sheep & goats, Alpine flax, Breeding efficiency, Models, Domestication & seed size, Palm uses, CC & production, Insecticide & diversity

11 June 2017

Assessment of genetic relationships between cultivated arracacha (Arracacia xanthorrhiza Bancr.) and its wild close relatives in the area of domestication using microsatellite markers. Lots more variation in the wild, natch. Exploring Relationships between Biodiversity and Dietary Diversity in the Mediterranean Region: Preliminary Insights from a Literature Review. There has been an increase in dietary diversity, […]

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Italian olives still in trouble

9 June 2017

In case you were wondering, the latest on the “olive plague” (Xylella fastidiosa) is that it’s spreading through the so-called containment areas. Oh joy. It’s apparently all the fault of the “authorities,” according to a new audit of the control efforts, reported in Nature. The commission’s audit, published on 31 May, includes a litany of […]

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Some new germplasm databases, at least to me

8 June 2017

Long-time readers may remember a post from 2012 summarizing some media reports of trouble at the Italian national genebank at the National Research Council (CNR), Bari. But maybe things are not as bad as were made out at the time. Or have got better. I’ve just come across what seems to be a fairly new […]

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Getting to grips with rice in Europe

8 June 2017

A little more on that RiceAtlas that I blogged about a couple of days ago. I managed to download the shapefile of rice growing areas, and open it in Google Earth. I then imported the Genesys rice dataset, and zoomed in on Europe. Here’s what those two things together look like. Definitely a few issues. […]

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Chasing melons in Central Asia

7 June 2017

I’ve been meaning to post a link to Eric Hansen’s entertaining “In Search of Ibn Battuta’s Melon” for ages. Published in 2015 in AramcoWorld, its title says it all. Intrigued by a wonderful, and wonderfully expensive, Mirza melon from California, Hansen recalls the following passage from the celebrated Moroccan traveller, and resolves to find the […]

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Seed banking resources

6 June 2017

Did not realize that BGCI have a very useful Seed Conservation Hub on their website where they have collated resources and provided training modules on the basics of seed banking (in 4 languages).

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