Unique digital identifiers everywhere

6 June 2017

A recent letter in Nature: Members of the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities have adopted a consistent citation system for an estimated 20 million biological and geological specimens from European collections. We encourage researchers, publishers and other institutions to engage with this initiative by citing the full specimen identifier in their publications and data sets. […]

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Nibbles: Apple edition

6 June 2017

A new, better apple genome. I thought once it was done, it was done. Clearly not. An FBI agent on the tracks of old apples. No need for high quality genomes. Getting to the bottom of the Honeycrisp. It’s the rootstocks, stupid. What made Milwaukee famous is not heirloom apples, but still. Let’s not forget […]

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Genetic erosion statistic in the dock

5 June 2017

Colin is pissed: Or, to put it more succinctly, stop complaining and propose something better! Something better than “In the past century, the number of crops and their varieties, and the genetic diversity within them, has declined as a general trend in farmers’ fields around the world.” to be precise. Which is in turn supposed […]

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Who moved my rice?

5 June 2017

In reply to our plea for a definitive crop distribution dataset, Andy Nelson, who used to work at IRRI and is now at the University of Twente, had this to say in a comment. Well, this may be one way to go. Compiling the best expert information with subnational statistics as a first cut and […]

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Brainfood: CWR prioritization, CWR data, Yam core redux, Traditional landscape value, African rice domestication, Digital conservation, First farmers, Revived breed, Mitigation targets, Zoonoses, Population, JEB on legumes

5 June 2017

Broadening the Base, Narrowing the Task: Prioritizing Crop Wild Relative Taxa for Conservation Action. Use socioeconomic value of crop, and potential usefulness and threat status of relative. Germinate 3: Development of a Common Platform to Support the Distribution of Experimental Data on Crop Wild Relatives. Useful in determining the second of the above. Re-defining the […]

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Good question?

31 May 2017

Why can't @DeccanChronicle and @cnni get the right photo of crops? Originals: https://t.co/Rnk2PueDwi and https://t.co/yu3kDLhYqB pic.twitter.com/npPx0zVEXN — AgroBioDiverse (@AgroBioDiverse) May 30, 2017

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Crop wild relatives on Costing the Earth on the BBC

30 May 2017

Botanist James Wong investigates the links between global warming and the rate at which crops are able to adapt and evolve to rapidly changing conditions. That includes how crop wild relatives can help. The money quote: The first rule of intelligent tinkering is you don’t throw away any of the parts just because you’re not […]

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Lathyrism and stunting

30 May 2017

In a comment on a recent post on nutrition in India, Dirk Enneking, who should know, suggests that: In the Central Provinces [of India] there seems to be a close overlap between severe stunting in children and historical neurolathyrism epidemics. His reference for the latter is a 1927 publication with some pleasantly old-fashioned maps. He […]

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Complementarity between informal and formal seed systems

30 May 2017

The webinar. Today. Register quick. Complementarity between the informal and formal seed systems will be approached in a holistic way through this webinar. Not only do the conservation and innovation systems need to integrate the formal and informal seed systems to benefit from one another’s capacity and value added, but new policies and legal measures […]

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Featured: Erosion meme

30 May 2017

Cary also thinks we should do something about that 75% thing: FAO has long needed to correct the record. Yes, it is like something generated from a game of “Chinese Whispers” as mentioned in one of your earlier posts. But hey, maybe it’s become a meme by now! What would Richard Dawkins have to say? […]

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