CIAT blogging roundup

6 March 2017

I paid tribute to the late great Hans Rosling in my recent post over at the work blog, but CIAT did it better. See also their very enjoyable pean to a bean explorer who is thankfully very much alive, though nearing retirement. And think about joining them.

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Brainfood: ABS data, Spanish chestnuts, Norwegian CWR, Bambara genome, AnGR, Jakar sheep decline, Ashanti pig, Bactris biopiracy, Avocado core, Brassicacea phylogeny

6 March 2017

Access and Benefit Sharing under the Convention on Biological Diversity and Its Protocol: What Can Some Numbers Tell Us about the Effectiveness of the Regulatory Regime? That not much has happened. Between 1996 and 2015, out of the 14 countries with ABS legislation in force, 2 agreements for commercial researches per year. Genetic monitoring of […]

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Featured: Pea hell

5 March 2017

Dirk has the answer to Pea Genebank Database Hell: A simple solution would be to agree on a set of prefixes that unequivocally identify each collection preserving those already widely accepted and then to clean up the passport data to link up potential duplicates. The 53674 Pisum accessions in Genesys could possibly be compacted to […]

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Peering at pea data

28 February 2017

In Europe, agriculture is highly dependent on imported soybean from South America. Potential alternative sources are protein from peas (Pisum sativum L.) or more local sources like other grain legumes or rapeseed meal (Brassica napus L. subsp. oliefera [sic]). These are also good rotation crops. For farmers, protein and yield are key traits. In this […]

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Brainfood: Arabidopsis refugia, Potato diversity, Palm uses, Coffee phylogeny, Traditional harvesting, Buckwheat trends, Maize double haploids, African cattle, Endophenotype

27 February 2017

On the post-glacial spread of human commensal Arabidopsis thaliana. A bit like Neanderthals. Exploration of the genetic diversity of cultivated potato and its wild progenitors (Solanum sect. Petota) with insights into potato domestication and genome evolution. Elite cultivars are a pretty diverse lot. Fundamental species traits explain provisioning services of tropical American palms. Bigger, more […]

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A Sardinian grasspea is recognized

23 February 2017

Congratulations to the Italian company Sa Laurera for receiving the 2016 Arca Deli Award for its Sardinian grasspea variety Inchixa. In 2016, the SAVE Foundation announced the Arca Deli Award which is dedicated to products derived from the cultivation of local rare or endangered varieties that were recovered and maintained on a farm and are […]

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Nibbles: Meet a breeder, Radiation breeding, Cassava IK, Banana apocalypse, Chestnut doom & gloom, Crazy grafter, Crazy recombination, Obsidian sickle, Cat rug

22 February 2017

Meet a pumpkin breeder. Meet the history of atomic plant breeding. Meet a cassava anthropologist. Dial back the banana apocalypse stuff, banana guy says. On the other hand, the American chestnut apocalypse is all too real. A really wild pig. Grafting gone wild. Wild plants reveal a gene to speed plant breeding, someday. Beautiful Neolithic […]

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Brainfood: Potato changes, Anti-carcinogenic kava, Horizontal barley, Genebank use, Lotus diversity, Rubber soul, CWR breeding, Andean PGR, Distribution modelling

20 February 2017

Genetic diversity of Bolivian wild potato germplasm: changes during ex situ conservation management and comparisons with resampled in situ populations. It’s all a bit of a lottery. Traditional preparations of kava (Piper methysticum) inhibit the growth of human colon cancer cells in vitro. Still tastes like crap, though. Multiple horizontal transfers of nuclear ribosomal genes […]

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Everybody’s a comedian

18 February 2017

.@AgroBioDiverse complicating the job for critical discourse analysts — Ola Westengen (@OlaWestengen) February 17, 2017

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All things tropical forages

14 February 2017

Great article on improved tropical pastures by Dan Charles on NPR’s The Salt yesterday. Here’s the money quote: According to Michael Peters, who leads CIAT’s research on tropical grazing, pastures made up of these grasses can support three times more cattle, compared to typical tropical pastures today. The animals also gain weight twice as quickly. […]

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