Nibbles: Seed saving, Craft saving, Talking sweet potatoes, Breeding eggplants, Cat domestication, Cary on Svalbard, US apple book, US strawberries, Forages newsletter, Banana double

2 August 2017

94% is the new 75%. Here’s some of the survivors. But how many crafts have we lost? Win a prize for communicating about sweet potatoes. Pre-breeding eggplants using their wild relatives. Two waves of cat domestication. Svalbard double. 350 buck’s worth of apple history. 10 cent’s worth of strawberry history. Latest newsletter from those nice […]

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Wheat is somewhat ignored, in some places

1 August 2017

That’s according to Bill Gates, on his visit to The Bread Lab. May come as a surprise to CIMMYT and ICARDA, and to their partners at TraitGenetics. Or to the bunch of Italian farmers Jeremy interviewed for the latest Eat This Podcast. Or to everyone at the Land Institute and elsewhere working on perennial wheat. […]

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Brainfood: Soybean wild relatives, Durum diversity double, Intensifying livestock, Organic soil, Fodder millet, Brachiaria phylogeny, Use bottlenecks, Another spud, Sclerotinia stem rot, Canola resynthesized

31 July 2017

Characterizing the allopolyploid species among the wild relatives of soybean: Utility of reduced representation genotyping methodologies. Allopolyploids are more than the sum of their diploid progenitors, but also less. Genetic Diversity within a Global Panel of Durum Wheat (Triticum durum) Landraces and Modern Germplasm Reveals the History of Alleles Exchange. Modern varieties have a lot […]

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New round of Darwin Initiative open for business

28 July 2017

The Darwin Initiative provides grants for projects working to help developing countries meet their objectives under: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna […]

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A sustainable way forward for public plant breeding

25 July 2017

How can public plant breeding programs reap royalties and research investments while keeping their cultivars in the public domain? Good question. For some answers, see the proceedings on the 2016 Intellectual Property Rights for Public Plant Breeding Summit, released yesterday by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Here’s the organizer, Bill […]

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Featured: Yam beans

24 July 2017

Marc Deletre clarifies that yam bean paper: Yep, you’re right, the species’ names should be in the reverse order [in the abstract]. As it is it suggests that P. ahipa is the progenitor, but actually it’s the opposite. Sometimes, you just have to read the whole paper.

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It’s a new bean, old bean!

24 July 2017

Congratulations to Daniel Debouck, bean expert and erstwhile manager of the CIAT genebank, for having a new Phaseolus species named after him: The specific epithet honours Daniel G. Debouck, given his scholarly contributions, and extensive and systematic collections of wild and domesticated Phaseolus throughout the Americas. He was the first to discover this species during […]

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Dueling congresses

24 July 2017

The 28th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB 2017), or the XIX International Botanical Congress (IBC 2017)? Thanks to Twitter, both. And next month the XXX International Horticultural Congress (IHC 2018), just for good measure. Oh, and while we’re at it, Happy 50th Birthday to IITA.

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Brainfood: Kolli Hills diversity, Fergana diversity, Chinese rice terraces, ICRISAT prebreeding, Spanish CWR collecting, Edible flowers, Diversification, Prices vs volatility

24 July 2017

An ethnographic exploration of perceptions of changes in dietary variety in the Kolli Hills, India. Cassava cash cropping has had unforeseen effects on dietary diversity. Mapping and assessing crop diversity in the irrigated Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan. More crops on the edges. An Analysis on Crops Choice and Its Driving Factors in Agricultural Heritage Systems—A Case […]

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Domesticating horsegram

19 July 2017

The indefatigable Dorian Fuller has been even less fatigable than usual lately, with a couple of papers in the past few weeks on the history of the horsegram, Macrotyloma uniflorum. The first is a general review of the geographical, linguistic and archaeological evidence for the origins of the crop. They point to a long history […]

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