Brainfood: Cover crops, Forest management, Mixtures, Diverse landscapes, Ethiopia and CC, Mapping settlements, Fonio, Peach, Aging seeds, African diversity, Svalbard, Vegetables

Chimps shit in the woods

Our friend Alex Chepstow-Lusty and co-authors have another paper out on the forests of Central Africa in the late Holocene. The import of this latest piece of work is that when the forests bounced back 2000 years ago from the fragmentation caused by climate change 500 years before, they did so at least partly thanks to forest animals. As ever with Alex, poo is involved, on this occasion chimp poo. We can thank it for the spread of oil palm across West Africa, it seems. Chimps and others seed poopers may, alas, not be so helpful for the forest’s recovery from the current, anthropogenically caused climate change.

Credit: Simon Crowhurst & Alex Chepstow-Lusty.

Brainfood: Food groups, Bumblebees, Wild lettuce, Bambara, Miscanthus, Wild macadamia, Sperm cryo, Fungi, Feed adoption, Bere evaluation, Lactose persistence

Quinoa symposium moves online

My name is Daniel Packer, I’m a quinoa breeder with the Sustainable Seed Systems Lab at Washington State University. I’d like to briefly reach out to you about the 2020 International Quinoa Research Symposium to be held on August 17-19 and hosted by the Sustainable Seed Systems Lab and the Food Systems Program at Washington State University. This event will be held entirely online, registration is free, and the material will be provided in both English and Spanish.

This Symposium will include recorded field walks, interactive poster sessions, discussion forums, and talks on topics such as Ancestral Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Wild Relatives, Market Analysis, and others by the international quinoa community.

We would love to spread the word about this Symposium as wide as possible.

Glad to help. Sounds like a hoot.

A Pavlovsk anniversary

It was almost exactly 10 years ago that the whole Pavlovsk thing blew up. Time does fly. For our younger readers, that’s the Vavilov Institute’s (VIR) Pavlovsk Experimental Station, where important collections of fruits and berries are conserved in rather beautiful field genebanks. For a couple of years, these were under threat, as the land they occupied was earmarked for a housing development. In the end, the threat was averted, thanks to spirited lobbying by VIR, and a little help from their friends in the international genebank community. I haven’t heard anything untoward for some years now, so I assume everything is ok, but maybe I’ll just make sure.

LATER: It seems no news is indeed good news, at least in this instance.