Low throughput phenotyping

by Luigi Guarino on August 8, 2017

The first national botanical garden in China, apparently.



Wait, what?

by Luigi Guarino on August 4, 2017


Xylella spreads shock

by Luigi Guarino on August 2, 2017

A few days ago the European Commission published its “List of demarcated areas established in the Union territory for the presence of Xylella fastidiosa as referred to in Article 4(1) of Decision (EU) 2015/789” and the news is not good for Corsica, the Balearics and assorted other areas.

A good summary of the story1 so far, and what’s in store for us, can be found on Small Things Considered in the form of a translation from the Catalan of a blog post by Mercè Piqueras.

A conference on European research into Xylella fastidiosa is to be held in Palma de Mallorca, in the Balearic Islands, in 13-15 November 2017. Experts on Xylella from Europe and other parts of the world will participate in the meeting. These include Alexander Purcell, Rodrigo Almeida and Mathieu Vanhove, from the University of California-Berkeley, Carlos Chacón, from the University of Costa Rica, and Helvecio De La Coletta-Filho, from the Instituto Agranomico-Centro de Citricultura, Brazil.

Meanwhile, nurseries are mounting their own private Brexit.

  1. Which we’ve blogged about a couple of times here. [↩]

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Wheat is somewhat ignored, in some places

1 August 2017

That’s according to Bill Gates, on his visit to The Bread Lab. May come as a surprise to CIMMYT and ICARDA, and to their partners at TraitGenetics. Or to the bunch of Italian farmers Jeremy interviewed for the latest Eat This Podcast. Or to everyone at the Land Institute and elsewhere working on perennial wheat. […]

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Brainfood: Soybean wild relatives, Durum diversity double, Intensifying livestock, Organic soil, Fodder millet, Brachiaria phylogeny, Use bottlenecks, Another spud, Sclerotinia stem rot, Canola resynthesized

31 July 2017

Characterizing the allopolyploid species among the wild relatives of soybean: Utility of reduced representation genotyping methodologies. Allopolyploids are more than the sum of their diploid progenitors, but also less. Genetic Diversity within a Global Panel of Durum Wheat (Triticum durum) Landraces and Modern Germplasm Reveals the History of Alleles Exchange. Modern varieties have a lot […]

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New round of Darwin Initiative open for business

28 July 2017

The Darwin Initiative provides grants for projects working to help developing countries meet their objectives under: the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna […]

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A sustainable way forward for public plant breeding

25 July 2017

How can public plant breeding programs reap royalties and research investments while keeping their cultivars in the public domain? Good question. For some answers, see the proceedings on the 2016 Intellectual Property Rights for Public Plant Breeding Summit, released yesterday by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Here’s the organizer, Bill […]

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It’s a new bean, old bean!

24 July 2017

Congratulations to Daniel Debouck, bean expert and erstwhile manager of the CIAT genebank, for having a new Phaseolus species named after him: The specific epithet honours Daniel G. Debouck, given his scholarly contributions, and extensive and systematic collections of wild and domesticated Phaseolus throughout the Americas. He was the first to discover this species during […]

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Dueling congresses

24 July 2017

The 28th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB 2017), or the XIX International Botanical Congress (IBC 2017)? Thanks to Twitter, both. And next month the XXX International Horticultural Congress (IHC 2018), just for good measure. Oh, and while we’re at it, Happy 50th Birthday to IITA.

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