An old friend, Frederik van Oudenhoven, and his friend and colleague Jamila Haider, are deep in the proofs of what looks to be a wonderful book. With Our Own Hands “tells, for the first time, the cultural and agricultural history of the Afghan and Tajik Pamirs, one of the world’s least known and most isolated civilisations”. Should be a great read, with stunning photographs to accompany the local recipes, essays, stories and poetry. Better yet, generous donors are allowing 1800 copies to travel back to the Pamirs to be given to communities, schools, cooks and libraries.
If you’re interested, you should pre-order. Details here.
I think we may have blogged about ProMED before, but I don’t feel at all guilty about another shout-out. I have no idea to what extent the whole thing is automated, but if there’s anything in the press about a disease — of plants, livestock or humans — it gets a little write up on the website, and a dot on the map. And you can sign up for email alerts or subscribe to an RSS feed, or indeed to their Twitter feed or Facebook page if that’s your vice. I sometimes dream of doing something similar for all kinds of threats to agrobiodiversity.
And while we’re on the subject, just a reminder that there’s a new new app for Pacific pests and pathogens, courtesy of those nice people at Pestnet.