Nibbles: Grape breeding, Vanilla breeding, DSI policy, ITPGRFA, Maori taro, Dhofar memories

  • Marker-assisted breeding in grapes: like skimming through a book looking for key words.
  • Vanilla genome: going from no-frills vehicle to luxury sportscar.
  • CGN on what to do to ensure continued access to that book — or car.
  • A topic which is all the rage right now in the ITPGRFA, on which this is a one-page primer.
  • 14th century Māori grew taro as well as sweet potato.
  • Great infographics on the fascinating region of Dhofar in southern Oman, in which I collected germplasm many years ago. Great opportunity to reminisce.

Brainfood: Agrobiodiversity drivers, Wild bean adaptation, Berseem breeding, Millet mutants, IK conservation, NUS, Vertebrate threats, Ethiopian nutrition, Maize landraces, Maize phenotyping, Musa chemotypes, Ancient farmers, Vavilov’s steps, Bean diversity, Wild wheat

Breeding Africa’s next super-vegetables

Ready to take your company to the next level? Join the Africa Vegetable Breeding Consortium and discover how exposure to the latest research and closer contact with international breeders and scientists will change the way you do breeding and business.

The main benefit?

Consortium companies will be able to view a broad array of PYT [preliminary yield trials] entries in the field at least 12 months before the material is made public. Participants may have early access to screening protocols or other kinds of scientific information developed at WorldVeg, provided the sharing of such information does not conflict with existing WorldVeg agreements or policies.

Remember that WorldVeg sits on a huge reservoir of diversity, and has talented plant breeders that make the most of it.

LATER: Looking forward to seeing an African vegetable among these.

LATER STILL: Maybe we need a SeedTracker for vegetables?

Brainfood: Forage seeds, Meat is murder, Medieval farming, Bean breeding, Moth bean genomics, Red List definitions, Amaranth domestication, Seed networks, Local adaptation, Social norms, Food demand, Grasspea future, Strawberry evolution, Maracuoccio