- The 10th Annual Cornell Plant Breeding Symposium is coming up in April.
- The Anthropology and Conservation Virtual Conference is coming up in October.
- How much is a farm worth, environmentally speaking? Plant breeders and anthropologists invited to reply.
- How much is nature worth to quality of life?
- How much is the research of CGIAR worth?
- How much does a healthy diet cost?
- The oldest beer factor? Priceless?
- No buzz for bees: Media coverage of pollinator decline. Nobody cares. Unless it’s linked to climate change.
- Climate impacts associated with reduced diet diversity in children across nineteen countries. Something else that’s linked to climate change and too few care about.
- People are essential to linking biodiversity data. Seriously, get an ORCID ID.
- Why European biodiversity reporting is not reliable. It’s the free indicator choice in CBD reporting is what it is. Also, not enough attention to genetic diversity. Now, where have I heard that before?
- Reversing extinction trends: new uses of (old) herbarium specimens to accelerate conservation action on threatened species. Not just useful in generating new knowledge (including on genetic diversity), can also be used as seed sources and in public awareness.
- Ex Ante Assessment of Returns on Research Investments to Address the Impact of Fusarium Wilt Tropical Race 4 on Global Banana Production. Conventional breeding for resistance could lift almost a million people out of poverty. That would be quite the indicator.
- Genomic resources in plant breeding for sustainable agriculture. Would help with the above.
- Can Niche Markets for Local Cacao Varieties Benefit Smallholders in Peru and Mexico? Maybe. Read it, it’s not that long.
- Quantifying and addressing the prevalence and bias of study designs in the environmental and social sciences. Everyone should use randomised designs and controlled observational designs with pre-intervention sampling. No, you did not just waste your time reading the above.
- Crop wild relatives of the United States require urgent conservation action. 60% of 600 native taxa need urgent help.
- Limits and constraints to crop domestication. Most of the world’s 2000 crops are not fully domesticated, for reasons such as trait architecture, lack of diversity in domestication traits, accumulation of genetic load and gene flow from the above. But something can be done about it.
Just catching up on a couple of useful resources.
The Genetics Composition working group [of the Group on Earth Observations’s Biodiversity Observation Network] aims to develop, test and improve approaches for assessing and interpreting genetic diversity.
You can join it here. And thus contribute to the Genetic diversity targets and indicators proposed for the CBD post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. About which you can read more on the work blog, as it happens. The working group seems to have some overlap with the Conservation Genetic Coalition, which came out with its formal “Statement on genetic diversity in CBD” just before Christmas.
Meanwhile, over at USDA, there are posters on crop diversity and genebanks in multiple languages.
Gotta wonder whether any of this will reach the policy-makers, but one can hope, can’t one?