Nibbles: Wheat rust, Coconut history, Svalbard, Cahokia, Millets, Politics, Crones & robots, Citrus history, Argan development

14 February 2017

Rust continues to never sleep. The discussion of whether there were coconuts on the Pacific coast of Panama prior to the Conquista continues on the Coconut Google Group. ICARDA and CIMMYT continue to love the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Climate change continues to be implicated in past societal collapses. NPR continues to plug those millets. […]

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Mapping pests the old fashioned way

13 February 2017

The collaborative project “Predicting climate change-induced vulnerability of African agricultural systems to major insect pests through advanced insect phenology modeling and decision aid development for adaptation planning” was led by CIP and implemented in collaboration with the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA). In the […]

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Brainfood: Cotton domestication, Niche modelling, Finger millet double, Bird flu, Lake Chad millet, USDA Ethiopian sorghum, Phast phenotyping, Corchorus genomes

13 February 2017

Genome-wide divergence, haplotype distribution and population demographic histories for Gossypium hirsutum and Gossypium barbadense as revealed by genome-anchored SNPs. Parallel domestication. Integrating species distribution modelling into decision-making to inform conservation actions. You need really nice maps. Establishing a core collection of finger millet (Eleusine coracana [L.] Gaertn.) ex situ holdings of the Ethiopian genebank. Particularly […]

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A wheat by any other name

9 February 2017

NPR have a piece out on that interspecific perennial “wheat” that we blogged about a couple of weeks ago. Nice picture of the thing itself, and of Colin Curwen-McAdams, who co-wrote the paper involved. No sign of the name xTritipyrum though, perhaps unsurprisingly.

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Fasola Niepodleglosci

9 February 2017

Couldn’t resist posting this beautiful bean, as seen on Twitter. @AgroBioDiverse @good Received some Polish Patriotic / Independence / Eagle Beans. Supposed to carry national symbol on each bean. pic.twitter.com/SYBbuDZGel — Alex Taylor (@airpotgardener) February 8, 2017 No sign of it on Genesys or Eurisco, but googling led to all the information one might wish […]

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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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