Nibbles: Coffee taxonomy, Agarwood trade, Apios promotion, Dog species concept, Seed collecting, Kudzu control, ICARDA chickpeas, Ancient maize beer, Quinoa landscapes, History of domestication, Breeding mistakes, EU breeding value, Priming, Wild flower ecotypes, Vitellaria use

Coffee botany resources. Uncovering the illegal agarwood trade. Developing the potato bean. First step: find a new name. Dog taxonomy explained. Project Baseline sets a, ahem, baseline, for studying plant diversity under climate change. Ok, random shout-out for my niece Francesca’s work on kudzu bug natural control. Because I can. And she’s fabulous. Blooming chickpeas! …

Milking quinoa for livelihoods

We’ve been contacted by Alexander Wankel of Pachakuti Foods with news of an intriguing Kickstarter campaign. Pachakuti is… …a social enterprise committed to sourcing rare Andean superfoods directly from farmers to create unique products for a healthier life and a better world. By finding markets for underutilized crops, we strive to support biodiversity while providing …

Nibbles: Genebank videos, Genebank QMS, Leakey vid, Oz Oryza, Plant ID app, CGIAR saga, PNG food crisis, Impressive melons, Quinoa, Asian sheep diversity, Kenyan CSA

Nice video on the Millennium Seed Bank at Kew. Compare and contrast with Ft Collins. Or CIAT’s genebank for that matter. Quality video on quality management systems in genebanks. No doubt followed to the letter by the three above. Video of webinar by Roger Leakey explaining how trees will save us: “The Global Food Crisis: …

Nibbles: Sustainable database, Strawberry breeding, Breeding rice, Nutrition champion, Camel milk, Mike Jackson, Feed the Future, Quinoa prices, Small is beautiful

A database of how you do sustainable intensification. Building a better strawberry. New lab helps Bangladesh with high-zinc rice. Maybe those guys are you nutrition champions. They’re right, camel milk is good, and good for you. Useful list of Mike Jackson’s publications. Pres. Obama learns about maize in Ethiopia. Increased quinoa supply leads to lower …

Nibbles: Biofortification, NUS, Wakehurst Place, Cheesy map, Seeds2Zim, Food bibliography, Eucalypt genome, Oregano in the US, CFC, Rotations, Malaria drugs, Quinoa in Colorado, Pacific pineapple, Rhubarb event, Mango festival, Araucaria, American chestnut, Potato casserole, Coffee breeding, Tulips galore, George Harrison Shull, Seed saving, Chinese agriculture, European agroforestry, Eat This Podcast

Webinar on biofortification, today. Book on Asian underutilized plant species, which we somehow missed when it came out in 2014. Unless it didn’t. The Millennium Seed Bank isn’t just great in and of itself, it also sits in a wonderful garden: the man who has been keeping that going for the past decade has just …