Mapping the European genetic resources landscape

by Luigi Guarino on October 1, 2014

Following an initiative tabled by the European Parliament in 2013, the European Commission (DG Agriculture and Rural Development) contracted a “Preparatory action on EU plant and animal genetic resources in agriculture”. The project was launched in July 2014 for a period of two years.

Wow. The European Parliament interested in enough in agricultural biodiversity to invest a couple million euros in a study which is going to start by “identifying and mapping existing initiatives, databases, and collections related to genetic resources, as well as relevant stakeholders,” and take it from there. Watch this space…

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Ethereal botany

by Luigi Guarino on September 23, 2014

Indeed. And thanks Sandy Knapp for keeping us all informed.

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On sorghums and cultures

20 September 2014

Our friend Dr Ola Westengen just sent us this post on a paper that he’s just had published. Keep it up, Ola, and thanks. In a new study published in PNAS this week we stand on the shoulders of Jack R. Harlan et al. and take a molecular approach to test some interesting hypotheses on […]

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Baobab booze, anyone?

19 September 2014

Sure, making tasty tipples from local, neglected crops is nice, but has anyone tried with baobab? Maybe a factsheet would help?

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An even more modest suggestion to stop plundering other cultures for kicks

18 September 2014

Sure, vodka is nice, but why not use your indigenous culture’s recipe for hard liquor? Image borrowed from here.

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A modest suggestion for tef value addition

18 September 2014

Sure, tef is nice, but can you do this with it? Was going to say 'Only in America…' but then I saw on back is made in France. Quoi?? #NewAgeBooze pic.twitter.com/g0SK2jXPT3 — Nigella Lawson (@Nigella_Lawson) September 14, 2014

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Move over quinoa, it’s tef time.

17 September 2014

Not much to look at, but if you squint hard you can read the label: teff.1 The Food Programme from BBC Radio 4 devoted an entire programme to this ancient Ethiopian grain, new darling of “the health-conscious Western world”. And if quinoa had you worried about the impact you might have on poor farmers who […]

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Brainfood: Space peppers, Stunting stunting, Wild passion infusions, Welcoming millet, Georgia pears, Portuguese beef, Adaptation in Niger, Olives in Sicily & Jordan, Vigna diversity

15 September 2014

Isolation and detection of differential genes in hot pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) after space flight using AFLP markers. Space flight resulted in some new traits. Addressing chronic malnutrition through multi-sectoral, sustainable approaches: a review of the causes and consequences. Many causes, many consequences, many things that could be done. Too complicated? Here’s a ray of […]

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