Brainfood: Yak diversity, Wheat pre-breeding, Gene conservation, Genome conservation, Wild lentils, Biodiversity definition, Conservation reviews, Bananas treble, Cotton diversity, Pollinator health, Aurochs DNA, USDA cucumbers, Physalis editing, Tomato re-domestication

The 2017 Frank Meyer Medal for Plant Genetic Resources Lecture is online

It’s by USDA’s Peter Bretting, of course, who aptly quotes Kurt Vonnegut in his discussion of Stewards of Our Agricultural Future: “Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.”

Experienced PGR stewards must not only successfully manage PGR, the green line that stands between humanity and calamity, but also serve as leaders to mentor those who recently became or will soon become the PGR stewards of our agricultural future. It is a collective responsibility for all of us, regardless of our job title, career stage, or intrinsic talents, to provide such leadership and thereby begin to erase that “flaw in the human character.”

Nibbles: Transformation, Restoration, Renumeration, Validation, Mensuration, Celebration, Visualization, Diversification, Fructification, Information, Fermentation, Sustentation, Association, Migration, Transformation, Microconservation

Nibbles: Farm subsidies, Pressing and naming plants, Cowpea primer, California crop maps, Caribbean mangoes, ABS meeting, Banana mapping, Sarada Krishnan, Indian millets, Apple varieties, Early modern bees