Your trusted source on genetic resources

Periodic reminder that if you’re into genetic resources — of crops, livestock or forests — you should consider publishing in Genetic Resources, especially if your work cuts across the usual silos.

Genetic Resources is an open access peer-reviewed journal publishing original research, reviews and short communications on plant, animal and forest genetic resources, serving stakeholders within and across domains. It is a platform to share domain specific and interdisciplinary knowledge and tools used by the global community of practitioners involved in monitoring, collecting, maintaining, conserving, characterizing and using genetic resources for food, agriculture and forestry.

And well worth having in your RSS feed of course. I dunno, are RSS feeds still a thing for anyone else?

Genetic Resources is inspired by the no longer existing Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter and Animal Genetic Resources journal and aims to fill the gap created by their discontinuation. Its scope and setup draw from the results of a survey conducted among stakeholders within the framework of the GenRes Bridge project. Genetic Resources is published by Bioversity International on behalf of the ECPGR Secretariat.

Freezing cool plants

Hear from leading experts in exceptional plant conservation and cryopreservation. Oaks will be used as a model to illustrate and demonstrate the potential of cryobiotechnologies and how they can be applied to a wider range of exceptional species.

Sounds like fun: 19-21 October.

Talks will be pre-recorded and shown during the sessions, but will also be made available ahead of time.

Brainfood: Cola trade, Amalfi terraces, Satoyama value, Burkinabe cattle, Tree planting, Chickpea adoption, Varietal diversification, Wheat diversity, Maize adaptation, Stress breeding, Root & tubers, Cropping data

How are plants doing out there?

The International Workshop on the Global Plant Health Assessment is being held in Toulouse, France, on October 5-8, 2021.

The Global Plant Health Assessment (GPHA) aims to provide a first-time ever overall assessment of plant health in the natural and human-made ecosystems of the world. Plant health is assessed through the functions that plants ensure in ecosystems: “ecosystem services”. The GPHA will assess plant health on the basis of published, science‐ and fact‐based, expert evaluations.

There’s lots of interesting reporting on Twitter using #GPHA2021.

A very hot spot for agrobiodiversity

You probably heard about the eruption and lava flow on La Palma in the Canary Islands. What you may not know is that there’s an interactive map of it online. And what came as a further, very welcome, surprise to me is that it allows you to import your own data. That’s quite unusual. Genesys shows 442 georeferenced accessions from the island, and importing their locations suggests that two of them (a pepper and a watermelon) were originally collected from farms that are now in the vicinity of the lava flow.

Does that matter? Probably not, but it was nice to be able to do this sort of mashup quite easily for once. All too often combining spatial data is an almighty chore if you’re not a GIS specialist.