Brainfood: African tea, Iranian olives, Persistent identifiers, Fast breeding, Lablab domestication, Pea origin, Celebs & conservation, Ancient dope, Sugarcane evolution, Chicken selection

17 July 2017

Multiple origins and a narrow genepool characterise the African tea germplasm: concordant patterns revealed by nuclear and plastid DNA markers. It’s a “potpourri,” but kinda missing Chinese Assam stuff. The eastern part of the Fertile Crescent concealed an unexpected route of olive (Olea europaea L.) differentiation. It was in Iran before domestication. Identifiers for the […]

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CILY in cassava: not so fast

16 July 2017

So it turns out the article the previous post on the possibility of Côte d’Ivoire lethal yellowing phytoplasma (CILY) attacking cassava in that country may have been a bit premature. Dr Lava Kumar, virologist and Head of Germplasm Health Unit at IITA, left the following comment on my Facebook page: Misleading! The symptoms on these […]

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CILY jumps to cassava?

14 July 2017

You know that disease that we said about a year ago was threatening coconut plantations (and, incidentally, a coconut genebank) in Côte d’Ivoire? Yeah, Côte d’Ivoire lethal yellowing phytoplasma (CILY) that’s the one, well remembered. Well, it looks like it may be affecting cassava as well. That’s not good. Not good at all. To our […]

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Nibbles: Dwarf rice, Ricestoration, Tarostoration, Biorepositories, Sustainable coffee, Cactus wars, Goaty portraits, Spandrels, Potato genebank, Forests and nutrition

14 July 2017

The long and short of Green Revolution rice. Restoring historical slave-worked rice fields in North Carolina. Kinda similar, but taro in Hawaii. There’s a bank for milk diversity. Nice review of sustainable coffee production. Opuntia: tasty but deadly (to some). Handsome goat pix. Festoons of fruits at the Farnesina: Jeremy is incensed. Great new webpages […]

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Nibbles: Visionary edition

11 July 2017

New guy in charge Peter Wenzl gives us his vision for the CIAT genebank. Agriculture and Irrigation Minister of Peru gives us his vision for the Peruvian genebank. CIMMYT’s annual report gives us a vision of conserving maize in Guatemala. Farmer Somashekhara gives us his vision for finger millet farming in India. And two makes […]

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Creating a Global Seed Conservation Directory

11 July 2017

This form will be used to populate an online Seed Conservation Knowledge Hub – a directory of facilities, individuals, and expertise in all aspects of seed conservation. Your participation completing this form is supporting the development of a tool that will benefit the seed conservation community. The information you provide in this form (apart from […]

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Brainfood: Wild foods, Maize in Guatemala, Wild lentils, Sorghum gaps, Ethiopian erosion, Chikanda barcoding, Brazil nut systems, Wild carrots, Ancient wild potato use, Wild wheat grains

10 July 2017

The role of wild fruits and vegetables in delivering a balanced and healthy diet. Not great, until they’re domesticated. Maize Diversity, Market Access, and Poverty Reduction in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Forget maize. Evaluation of Wild Lentil Species as Genetic Resources to Improve Drought Tolerance in Cultivated Lentil. Environment explained drought response in wild […]

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Featured: Flavour

6 July 2017

KCTomato is in the mood to rant about breeding for flavour: (Rant) My only concern is if entities do so based on financial gain and limit or prevent others from accessing such material or information in the future. Thank you Stubbe, Rick and others for openly sharing material and having some fore sight that they […]

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The shocking news about breeding for flavour

5 July 2017

Luigi linked, with scarcely a comment, to a plant breeding paper by Kevin Folta, scourge of biotech deniers everywhere. Stripped down, what Folta and his co-author, Harry J Klee, propose is that plant breeders “can now turn to the consumer for guidance in defining critical desires,” by which they mean previously unconsidered trifles like flavour […]

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Photographing VIR

5 July 2017

Swiss (I think) photographer Mario Del Curto has a book out about the Vavilov Institute, called The Seeds of the Earth. I’ve just found out about it at The Eye of Photography, but there’s a better blurb on the website of the Department of Plant Molecular Biology, Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University […]

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