Nibbles: Indian millets, Indian rice, Neolithic bread, Andean potatoes, UAE genebank, Niger onions, Lentil domestication, Italian rice, Sea cucumber

  1. The trouble with millets. Because there’s always room for a Star Trek allusion.
  2. Growing heritage rice varieties in Goa. With hardly any trouble, it seems.
  3. Really, really old bread. And more from Jeremy.
  4. Breeding company and CIP collaborating to save potato diversity in the Andes.
  5. Another genebank opens in the Gulf.
  6. The story of Niger’s Violet De Galmi onion. Or is it Niger’s?
  7. The latest crop to be called humble is the lentil.
  8. New varieties may help save risotto, but better water management will probably have to feature too, I suspect. Otherwise lentils could stand in I suppose.
  9. In the end, though, maybe we should all just cultivate sea cucumbers.

Brainfood: Software edition

Nibbles: Cider exhibit, Dog domestication, Nordic rye, Orkney barley, Tunisian wheat, IPR in Kenya, Future Seeds, Seed & herbarium resources

  1. The Museum of Cider has an exhibition on “A Variety of Cultures.”
  2. Nice podcast rounding up the latest on dog domestication.
  3. Useful summary of the history of rye in the Nordic countries since it replaced barley in the Medieval period.
  4. They didn’t give up barley in the Outer Hebrides.
  5. The Tunisian farmer goes back to wheat landraces (I think).
  6. The Kenyan farmers who want to exchange landraces.
  7. El Colombiano visits Future Seeds, evokes The Walking Dead.
  8. Seed saving resources from the California Seed Bank and the herbarium at the University of California, Berkeley.

Brainfood: Archaeology edition