Brainfood: Managing seeds, Botanical gardens, Potato genomics, Marketing Amazonian fruits, Camel diversity, Potato mineral diversity, Turkish cats, Göbekli Tepe, Kuznets curve

6 February 2017

SeedUSoon: A New Software Program to Improve Seed Stock Management and Plant Line Exchanges between Research Laboratories. Great name. Building a Global System for the conservation and use of all plant diversity. Botanical gardens learning from crop genebanks? Understanding potato with the help of genomics. Crop genebank learning from genomics. What are the socioeconomic implications […]

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Issues in Agricultural Biodiversity series

6 February 2017

An important announcement from Danny Hunter and Michael Halewood of Bioversity. Since publication of the first book back in 2010 the ‘Issues in Agricultural Biodiversity’ series has grown steadily. We continue to receive encouraging feedback and it is clear that for many in the agrobiodiversity community it is one of the ‘go to’ sources for […]

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Nibbles: Coffee & chocolate redux, American Indian food, Crop seed size, Oca breeding club, Black chicken, Deadly lychees, Arctic potatoes, Eat this animal-derived food

2 February 2017

Genetics will save coffee. And probably chocolate too, but not alone: new podcast from Simran Sethi. Must be catching. Native American foodways get a resource guide. Cultivated plants have larger seeds than wild relatives. Well I never. Wanna breed oca? A chicken after my own black heart. Even tasty fruits can be deadly. Commonwealth Potato […]

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CGRFA16 in full swing

1 February 2017

Ah, yes, the Commission on PGRFA is meeting in Rome, for the sixteenth time. Status of Multilaterlal System (MLS) of the International Treaty for access and sharing of #seed material #CGRFA16 #ITPGRFA @FAOKnowledge pic.twitter.com/jtwaY6QuSl — Francois Pythoud (@FrancoisPythoud) January 31, 2017 Correction: It’s of course the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food & Agriculture, not […]

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A moving botanic garden story

31 January 2017

My new post over at work looks at some of the differences, and similarities, between the worlds of botanical gardens and genebanks. The photo of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh which accompanies a tweet about the piece, though, is a bit out of date: Read latest Science blog by @AgroBiodiverse: "A Turn in Dr Sibbald’s […]

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Perennial wheat, or xTritipyrum?

31 January 2017

A few days ago we posted in Brainfood a link to the paper “Toward a taxonomic definition of perennial wheat: a new species ×Tritipyrum aaseae described,” together with the comment that it wasn’t clear to us why naming a new species was necessary. Colin Curwen-McAdams, one of the authors, has now enlightened us, by email. […]

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Migrant coconuts

31 January 2017

A couple of days ago, Jay Bost asked about the origin of coconuts in the Americas: Anyone ever explore possibility of dispersal of coconut to Americas by Polynesians? Given movement of sweet potato and chickens, any chance they brought coconut? The answer, it turns out, is out there. I take the liberty here of highlighting […]

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Featured: American coconuts

30 January 2017

Jay Bost has an interesting question on American coconuts: Anyone ever explore possibility of dispersal of coconut to Americas by Polynesians? Given movement of sweet potato and chickens, any chance they brought coconut? Anyone?

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Brainfood: Wheat elements, Coconut movement, Wild lettuce, Pacific yams, Wild VIR oats, PREDICTS, Potato leaves, Perennial wheat, Wheat adoption

30 January 2017

Genetic Nature of Elemental Contents in Wheat Grains and Its Genomic Prediction: Toward the Effective Use of Wheat Landraces from Afghanistan. Only one significant marker, for Zn. Strategies for exchange of coconut germplasm in Brazil. Zygotic embryos in Petri dish containing Y3 culture medium without sucrose can last a couple of days without bacterial infection. […]

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Filipino rice landraces documented

28 January 2017

Congratulations to all concerned for the launch of the catalogue of Philippine Traditional Rice Varieties. I’m reliably informed it will be available online soon. In the meantime, I’ve had the privilege of consulting a PDF, and I can confirm that it is really as cool as it sounds.

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