Category Archives: Research

AquaMaps -global online spatial database on water and agriculture , BY FAO

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AquaMaps is the FAO global online spatial database on water and agriculture. It makes accessible through a simple interface regional and global spatial datasets on water resources and water management considered as a standard information resource, produced by FAO or by external data providers.

go to the offical link : FAO-WATER-AQUAMAPS

 

 

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Sequencing of the genome of some species of wild rice from Nature mag

The Chinese Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with Researchers of Northeastern State University and the University  of Georgia and Athens, identified most of the genes that control the plant’s ability to resist to environmental stress and against parasites by sequencing  the genome of some species of wild rice  O. sativa ( subspecies indica and japonica) and O. glaberrima

Ref:Nature Mag: A map of rice genome variation reveals the origin of cultivated rice

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Apps for Agrobiodiversity !

More from the IT geeks at ICARDA. We’ve heard that they’ve been testing out, for the second field season now, and very successfully, agermplasm collecting form app on a tablet equipped with a 3G SIM from a local (European country) provider.

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FIRST CALL FOR THE MILLENNIUM SEED BANK PARTNERSHIP AND BOTANIC GARDENS CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL FIELDWORK FUND

First call for The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (MSBP) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) Fieldwork Fund

A new fund to protect plants
Plants provide the foundation for the world’s ecosystems and are vital for providing food, clean water and soil, medicine and regulating our climate, yet more than 20% of plants are threatened with extinction. The MSBP-BGCI Fieldwork Fund aims to tackle this crisis by enabling organisations to undertake fieldwork resulting in high quality seed collections……

see agrobiodiversityplatform.org

 

Genetic issues in Asian Forests

Forestry experts at Bioversity International and the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia call attention to the impacts of logging on the genetic diversity of timber trees in Asian forests, and how this can affect timber production…

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Cassava:International teams are working to bring the starchy root’s genetics

American Scientific

International teams are working to bring the starchy root’s genetics into the 21st century and help food-insecure countries

Mar 24, 2014 |By Marissa Fessenden
“Cassava is a starchy, tuberous root first domesticated about 10,000 years ago in South America. Also dubbed manioc and yucca, cassava may be more familiar to North Americans as tapioca—tiny pearls of starch used to thicken pies and jams. For millions of people in the tropics, however, it is a staple, not a baking aid. Now, concerted efforts at crossbreeding and genomic selection have created novel versions of cassava that could dramatically boost yields, ward off malnutrition and grow in a wide range of conditions.”

Plant breeder Chiedozie Egesi and farmer Edith Abalogu collect data from cassava.
Credit: Chiedozie Egeis, NRCRI/ NEXTGEN Cassava

Top-down and bottom-up approach needed to conserve potato agrobiodiversity

In South America, where potatoes originated, more than 5,000 varieties continue to exist. A Penn State geographer is gathering all the information he can about the agrobiodiversity of these uniquely adapted tubers with an eye toward sustainability of this fourth largest food crop worldwide.

Source: news.psu.edu