Brainfood: Allium collecting, IPK barley double, Capsicum crossability, Genetic erosion, Chickpea breeding, Maize phenotyping, Maize landraces, Pre-adaptation, Synthetic peanuts, Genomic offset, Cotton domestication, Public breeding, Wholeness, Smallness trifecta

Plants and humans under the microscope

I may have already blogged about the Plant Humanities Lab, but almost certainly not enough. It really is very cool.

Easiest way to learn about it is to read this Twitter thread from Alex Humphreys.

Here’s the ThreadReader version if you don’t want to sully yourself on Twitter.

Brainfood: Post 2020, Dietary diversity, African greens, Pollinator diversity, Seed science, Seed systems, Sorghum landraces, Wild millet, Maize microbiome, AnGR, Yosemite apples

Genebanks at the summit

The preliminary ideas for transforming the food system, which will, ahem, feed into the UN Food Summit, are out.

There’s a quite a bit in there about diversity — of crops, production systems and diets — but let me single out the four solutions which explicitly mention genebanks:

  1. Action Track 3.10: Increasing agrobiodiversity for improved production and resilience.
  2. Action Track 3.14: Broadening the genetic base of nature-positive production systems.
  3. Action Track 5.10: Tools of accelerated breeding and trait mining underserved crops.
  4. Action Track 5.21: Long-term conservation of food diversity in gene banks and in the field, and sustained diversification of the food basket.

Not bad, eh?

Brainfood: Chinese pig breeds, Benin wild fruit, Wild lettuce, Sugarbeet breeding, Teosinte introgression, Peach genome, Wild chickpea, Garlic metabolites, CWR seeds, Macadamia genotyping, Banana database, Indigenous foodways