Nibbles: SSE, Chilli collection, Kelp & C, David Spooner, Heritage breeds, SE Asian agroforestry

13 April 2017

The great Tim Johnson, (soon to be) formerly of the Seed Savers Exchange, on conserving heritage seeds. “Peppy professor ponders a peck of pepper possibilities.” Kelp will save us. David Spooner: “Ever since I could remember all I ever wanted to be was a botanist.” From potatoes to carrots… Veterans help save livestock breeds. Agroforestry […]

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Mapping wheat diversity in Turkey

12 April 2017

No sooner did I blog about a paper which mapped diversity in a crop in Mexico across time, that I came across one mapping diversity in another crop in Turkey.1 The authors — a truly international bunch from the Bahri Dagdas International Agricultural Research Institute, the Vavilov Institute, CIMMYT, ICARDA, FAO, and UC Davis — […]

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Nibbles: Celebrity chef, Brazilian meeting & dessert, Citizen experiment, Phenotyping course, Fonio, Milpa, Broccoli nutrients, Biodiversity $$, Soybean history

11 April 2017

Alexis Soyer was apparently the first celebrity chef. EMBRAPA gets to grips with crop wild relatives, with a little help from their friends. Did they serve brigaidero, though? Take part in a crowd-sourced experiment on plant adaptation. And then go and find out how the experts do it. Will fonio‘s day ever come? Celebrating the […]

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Animate the apocalypse

10 April 2017

You know that paper entitled Biodiversity redistribution under climate change: Impacts on ecosystems and human well-being, that we included in Brainfood a couple of weeks back?. The money quote was: “The indirect effects of climate change on food webs are also expected to compound the direct effects on crops.” Ok, well, you don’t have to […]

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Brainfood: Slow Food, Runner bean diversity, Bamboo diversity, Istrian grapes, Smelly cheeses, Wild pseudocereals, Diversity & phenology, VAM diversity, Oases apocalypse, Wild wheat physiology, PepperHub, Bactrian camel diversity, Swiss livestock, CWR conservation, Tree database

10 April 2017

Developing radically-new meanings through the collaboration with radical circles: Slow Food as a platform for envisioning innovative meanings. Companies should collaborate with radicals. Presumably in order to turn them. #resist Unraveling agronomic and genetic aspects of runner bean (Phaseolus coccineus L.). At least we know what we don’t know. Total leaf crude protein, amino acid […]

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Faux wild rice in peril

8 April 2017

I’m not saying it’s the most important thing about it, but that oil pipeline that is planned for Minnesota will go straight through lakes which are sacred to the local Native American peoples, and which generate about 50% of the world’s annual harvest of handpicked wild rice (which is Zizania, not Oryza, but still).

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Nibbles: Viking dope, Garden survey, Ancient olive press, Proposal writing, Nice figures, Old garden books, Chestnuts, Cannibalism, Saving coffee, Vanilla history, Seed book, Spanish brassica

7 April 2017

Vikings got high. “How can you and your garden help us find out more about the global biodiversity associated with the plants in gardens?” Here’s how. The oldest olive press in Anatolia. “The Mistake: Writing a proposal that showcased knowledge rather than addressing the audience’s needs.” Indeed. The Solution: cool downloads from Gapminder. The only […]

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Seeing the wood and the trees

7 April 2017

The day after the Global Tree Assessment is published by BGCI, which revealed there are about 60,000 tree species in the world, is also a good time to link again to the wonderful European Atlas of Forest Tree Species. Now all we need is the same thing for Brazil, which has about 9,000 of those […]

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Are you a new or a traditional conservationist?

6 April 2017

Although discussions about the aims and methods of conservation probably date back as far as conservation itself, the ‘new conservation’ debate as such was sparked by Kareiva and Marvier’s 2012 article entitled What is conservation science? Two prominent positions have emerged in this debate, that of Kareiva and Marvier, which we label ‘new conservation’ (top-left […]

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Mapping the hell out of maize diversity in Mexico

6 April 2017

Thanks to a Facebook post, I’ve just come across the “mapoteca digital” of CONABIO, the Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad of Mexico.1 It has point maps of the distribution of both wild and cultivated beans and calabazas, and of wild maize; but most interesting to me were the maps of […]

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