Aurochs redux

by Luigi Guarino on September 27, 2016

A paper just out in Open Quaternary discusses “The Draft Genome of Extinct European Aurochs and its Implications for De-Extinction.” Not to boast about it, but we were onto that five years back.

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Happy birthday, international agricultural research!

by Luigi Guarino on September 22, 2016

I may have missed a couple, but at least two international agricultural research centres have big birthday bashes this month: CIMMYT is 50 and CIP is 45. CIMMYT has marked the occasion with the release of a very comprehensive history of its early years, with lots of cool vintage photos.

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Do you like pina colada?

by Luigi Guarino on September 21, 2016

Well, it could be in trouble

“It’s fair to say that at this pace, the Caribbean is running out of coconuts,” said Compton Paul, coordinator of a regional coconut program at the Trinidad-based Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute.

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Brainfood: Wilderness loss, Indian rice breeding, Wild barley, Korean millet, Jute mallow diversity, Wheat yields, Orange cassava

19 September 2016

Catastrophic Declines in Wilderness Areas Undermine Global Environment Targets. 10% of supposedly remote wilderness areas gone since the early 1990s. Genetic diversity trend in Indian rice varieties: an analysis using SSR markers. The diversity of rice varieties released in India has been decreasing, but only of late. Genotypic and phenotypic changes in wild barley (Hordeum […]

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Strategizing about forages

14 September 2016

My latest over at the work blog is about forages, their genebanks, and my mother-in-law. Cows get a lot of bad press these days. They are blamed for climate change and deforestation and even unhealthy diets, as if it’s their fault that people like to scoff down cheeseburgers. In fact, the widely repeated assertion that […]

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Brainfood: Eurisco, Saline barley, ICRISAT sorghum, Hardy kiwi, Pepper diversity, Pakistani dates, W Africa & climate change

12 September 2016

EURISCO: The European search catalogue for plant genetic resources. 43 countries, 400 institutes, 1.8 million accessions, and a vital part of Genesys! Yield-related salinity tolerance traits identified in a nested association mapping (NAM) population of wild barley. Salinity allele found in wild barley. Geographical distribution of traits and diversity in the world collection of pearl […]

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Dissecting pearl millet diversity

10 September 2016

Our friends at ICRISAT have been busy describing their pearl millet collection, and their latest offering is a thorough analysis of the geographic distribution of morphological traits. That follows, among other things, a general review of the collection, and an analysis of latitudinal patterns in morphological diversity. That last paper showed that although pearl millet […]

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Reports galore

9 September 2016

It’s clearly the season for major reports. Hot on the heels of AGRA’s status report on African agriculture, and IFPRI’s look at agricultural reasearch in Africa, both of which we Nibbled recently, there’s an IDS-Oxfam study into the effects of the global food crisis and, from the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, the […]

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The deep history of barley breeding

9 September 2016

A recent paper reported on the discovery of a bit of the barley genome where an allele from the wild relative, when homozygous, confers a 30% yield advantage over a popular German variety under saline conditions.1 That of course is very interesting in its own right, but I want here to delve a bit into […]

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