Brainfood: Agroecology, Bioinformatics, Brazilian cassava, Cypriot wine, Swiss poppies, Pollinators, Groundnut breeding, Sorghum pangenome, Crop origins, Sparing vs sharing, Language diversity, Watermelon origins

Nibbles: Small farms, DivSeek, Wheat gene atlas, Tannin synthesis, Pest/diseases, Food/feed, Korean vault

  1. Small farms are not just beautiful. Yes, the original paper was in Brainfood back in March, but this website seems to be new.
  2. DivSeek has a new strategic plan to “improve the generation and sharing of information about global plant genetic resources”: accelerate, add value, educate. Small farms unavailable for comment.
  3. Speaking of sharing information on global PGR, we need to do that for wheat genes, wheat gene scientists say.
  4. Probably for tannins too, come to think of it.
  5. FAO says climate change will make pests and diseases worse.
  6. FAO also says that livestock are not as bad as many people think.
  7. The sincerest for of flattery on display in South Korea.

Liveseed mixing it up with genebanks

We’ve Nibbled Liveseed before, but I think it’s time for a little bit more. It’s an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project with the objective “…to improve transparency and competitiveness of the organic seed and breeding sector and encourage greater use of organic seed.”

Though the main focus is breeding, there is also some work on cultivar mixtures, which is actually what prompted this post. Because a nice poster by Emma Flipon (ITAB) and Véronique Chable (INRAE) has just been made available on “How to create diversified variety mixtures based on gene bank resources.”

Always great to see different ways of using genebanks, including ones that don’t necessarily include breeding.

Brainfood: Sorghum rescue, Barley mixtures, Agroecology, Tepary genome, DSI x 2, Cryo guac, Seed regulation, Recipe design, White clover diversity, IK wheat, High maize