Mapping the Indian collection

9 May 2017

Always happens this way. No sooner do I find something interesting, that something similar turns up. Case in point my post last week on the Seedlot Selection Tool. It was just a few hours after I happened across the SST that I ran into NBPGR’s PGR-Clim. Ok, it’s not quite the same thing, but almost. […]

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Strawberry Wars forever

8 May 2017

You know how the strawberry breeders who left the UC Davis programme a couple of years ago and set up a private company sued the university for access to the material they developed? Well, it turns out the university is now counter-suing them. I like this bit especially from the SFGate piece which brings us […]

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Old school genebank documentation

8 May 2017

Call me a dinosaur, but I like this sort of stuff. A proper printable catalogue of all the material in a collection, with photographs and all, in this case the 200+ olive varieties in Italy’s Centro di Ricerca per l’Olivicoltura e l’Industria Olearia.1 No doubt all the info is in the appropriate database, where it […]

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Brainfood: Cannabis roundup, Citrus genomes, Mapping Africa, Maize diversity, Qat diversity, Language diversity, Apple taste, Coconut diversity, Napier grass review, Rangeland management, Chinese goats, Arabica evaluation, Bangladeshi chickens, Seed endophytes

8 May 2017

Cannabis Domestication, Breeding History, Present-day Genetic Diversity, and Future Prospects. The weed is in trouble, man. Just one of the papers in a very special issue of Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences. And for a historical perspective… Genomic analyses of primitive, wild and cultivated citrus provide insights into asexual reproduction. Apomixis is down to a […]

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Targeting germplasm in an age of climate change

7 May 2017

Let me expand a little on yesterdays’s teaser about the Seedlot Selection Tool. Say you have an accession of maize, for example, collected 20 years ago, for example, somewhere in the middle the NW zone of Mexico defined by Orozco-Ramírez, Perales & Hijmans (2017), for example. Say that you’d like to know where you could […]

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Deconstructing restoration

6 May 2017

Just to remind ourselves that conserved seeds are not just there to be used in breeding, let us “deconstruct symbolic promises of fertility and rebirth carried by domesticated seeds and look at the reality of the seeds that have never been at our service,” think as holistically as we can, and consider taking the MOOC […]

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Vegetables, joy and justice

5 May 2017

A long(ish) Edible Manhattan piece by Rachel Nuwer on the movement to breed crops for flavour, rather than only productivity or shelf-life, very nice in its own right, also gives me the excuse to link to Jeremy’s interview on Eat This Podcast with Lane Selman of the Culinary Breeding Network. Here’s Nuwer’s sign-off as an […]

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Assyria in Gatersleben

5 May 2017

I’m not sure if I said here that I visited IPK, the German national genebank, a few weeks ago. I did on Instagram. Complementary #conservation #genebank #agrobiodiversity #germany A post shared by Luigi Guarino (@ggguarino) on Apr 14, 2017 at 8:23am PDT Great facilities, great people, great work: but, though bigger and better resourced than […]

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Saving the world indeed

4 May 2017

It all started in a broken down and semi-abandoned research field station in Mexico in 1943. That would be the CGIAR centres (and their genebanks, of course), the subject of a generous editorial in Nature Plants today.

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Golden Genes: The Movie

4 May 2017

The frozen, bodiless genes of millions of plants, animals and humans are stored in biobanks around the world. They rekindle dreams of old: re-creating extinct species, ending world hunger, human life without illness or disease. But biobanks do more than that. They pose a fundamental question to our contemporary beliefs: What does it mean to […]

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