Nibbles: Ginger, Cover crops, Pulses, Campbell Soup, NASA, OWD, Göbekli Tepe, Sydney herbarium, Bourdeix museum, Mezcal folk vocabulary, Mango love, Probiotic ag, Andean ag

  1. China and Pakistan to collaborate on ginger. Including exchange of germplasm, apparently.
  2. US doubles down on cover crops
  3. …and pulses. No word on ginger.
  4. How Campbell doubled down on tomato breeding.
  5. Mapping farmland changes in Egypt. From space. Still waiting for that genetic erosion early warning system though…
  6. Our World in Data does global food. Genetic erosion next? Yeah, just dreaming here.
  7. Cool free book on Plant Food Processing Tools at Early Neolithic Göbekli Tepe.
  8. Digitizing a million herbarium specimens in Australia. How many crop wild relatives, I wonder?
  9. A coconut museum, but on Facebook. And a sort of museum of the plants themselves in India
  10. How to talk about mezcal using all the right words.
  11. A paean to the mango.
  12. Agriculture should be more “probiotic.” Mezcal, coconuts and mangoes would probably help.
  13. It kind of already is in the Andes.

Brainfood: Genetic diversity, Pointy maize, Diversification, Hybrid yeast, African yam bean, Urbanization, Wild tomato ecogeography, Wild banana seeds, Seed systems, Phytosanitary, Rematriation, Cowpea development, ABS

Nibbles: OSGC, Satellites, IK, Craft beer, Livestock & CC

  1. Organic Seed Growers Conference, February 4–11, 2022. Don’t miss it.
  2. Mapping biodiversity from space. Agrobiodiversity next? I wish.
  3. How to cite Indigenous knowledge. Including in germplasm databases? I wish.
  4. An old Czech barley variety from an Austrian genebank makes a comeback in craft brewing. I dunno though, I need to look into this a bit more.
  5. Demonizing livestock is unjust. But will probably continue.

Nibbles: Edibles books, Yam farmer, JL Hudson Seeds, Italian landraces, Native American maize

  1. University of Chicago Press series on food & drink: Edibles.
  2. An Indian farmer who’s really into tuber diversity is featured in The Hindu.
  3. “We are a public access seed bank – not a commercial seed company. You will find that our presentation of information and how you access our seedbank is a bit different from ordering seeds from the usual on-line commercial enterprise.”
  4. Italian university maps agrobiodiversity.
  5. Maize data in USDA’s GRIN database includes Indigenous group.