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New technologies to improve the . Genebanks need to catch up with the latest science even just to maintain their seeds. ex situ conservation of plant genetic resources
Advanced Strategic Research to Promote the Use of Rice Genetic Resources. High-throughput phenotyping and genome sequencing are the latest science that will make the most of those seeds.
Phased diploid genome assemblies and pan-genomes provide insights into the genetic history of apple domestication. Analysis of genomes of two main wild progenitors plus the crop uncovers genes so far untapped for improvement.
The elephant grass (. It’s related to pearl millet, apparently. Which may or may not be a good thing. No word on any genes so far untapped for improvement. Cenchrus purpureus) genome provides insights into anthocyanidin accumulation and fast growth
. Wide adaptation is largely due to introgression from the wild. No word on any genes so far untapped for improvement. Triticum population sequencing provides insights into wheat adaptation
The Right Tortilla for the Right Occasion: Variation in Consumers’ Willingness to Pay for Blue Maize Tortillas Based on Utilization. Consumers are willing to pay 42% more for blue tortillas, but only when eating out, presumably as part of virtue signalling.
30 years of free‐air carbon dioxide enrichment (FACE): What have we learned about future crop productivity and its potential for adaptation? That enrichment wont save us, that’s what.
Phenotypic Divergence Analysis in Pigeonpea [. From 81 accessions to 9 promising ones, at least for Malawi. Cajanus cajan (L.) Millspaugh] Germplasm Accessions
A model for the domestication of . Domestication took 3000 years. Panicum miliaceum (common, proso or broomcorn millet) in China
Origins and genetic legacy of prehistoric dogs. All dogs are descendants of a now extinct wolf population, and their genetics show both interesting parallels with, and divergences from, that of humans.
Brain Size Does Not Rescue Domestication Syndrome. Not even for humans, I suspect. Kidding apart, this is fascinating. It suggests that, for animals at least, the domestication syndrome is not actually a thing. Or at least has not been properly tested. If there’s interest, I’ll do a full post. Let me know in the comments below.
Ancient genomes reveal tropical bovid species in the Tibetan Plateau contributed to the prevalence of hunting game until the late Neolithic. The now tropical gaur ranged much further north during the warmer Neolithic, which facilitated the exploration of the Tibetan Plateau.
Optimization of . Always good to have another way of storing germplasm. in vitro germination and cryopreservation conditions for preserving date palm pollen in the USDA National Plant Germplasm System
Beyond the material: knowledge aspects in seed commoning. Comparing global with local seed commons reveals importance of managing knowledge, both scientific and traditional.
Genetics to the rescue: managing forests sustainably in a changing world. To manage forests sustainably, you have to conserve and use their genetic diversity. Interesting that they needed a conference to work that out.
Genetic mixing for population management: from genetic rescue to provenancing. And using that genetic diversity could mean mixing it up.
The importance of genomic variation for biodiversity, ecosystems and people. Maintaining ecosystem services means maintaining genetic diversity. Sounds like these authors went to the same conference.