Improving conservation of crop wild relatives

Walnuts -Uzbekistan/Bioversity International

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity has issued a new notification on ways of strengthening conservation of crop wild relatives in Protected Areas or through other area based conservation measures. Crop wild relatives (CWR) are species closely related to crops (including crop progenitors). They are potential sources of traits such as pest or […]

PAR Workshop – Assessing the Effects of Land Use Change on Agrobiodiversity: Data Analyses

San Din Daeng Visit

Young researchers from our partner organisations have meet in Chiang Mai this summer. This was a second workshop for the ongoing project on land use change on agrobiodiversity funded by The Christensen Fund. The aim of the project is to develop a framework for assessing the effects of land use change on agrobiodiversity and to […]

New Book: Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love

Bread, Wine, Chocolate, a book by Simran Sethi

Bread, Wine, Chocolate –part memoir of a journey to six continents in pursuit of delicious and endangered tastes, part investigation of the loss of agricultural biodiversity from soil to plate – tells the story of what we are losing, how we are losing it, and the inspiring and tireless people and places that are bringing back the foods we love.
Simran Sethi writes “The foods I selected – bread, wine, coffee, chocolate and beer – feed me in different ways. One wakes me up, another brings me down; one nourishes my heart, and the other tends to my soul. What ties them together is that they are my constants, woven into the fabric of my life. Through these five foods, and our five senses, we’ll look at stories of loss and interconnection, exploring what is disappearing and why, and learning how we can save agrobiodiversity through various forms of conservation and through the choices we make, with every sip and bite we take.”

Keeping you up to date on orphan crops research

Photo credit : Joan Campderrós-i-Canas, modified (Creative Commons 2.0)

Learn about the Neglected and Underutilized Species (NUS) Community, its news information service and how to get involved. A quarterly newsletter and/or follow @NUS_Community on twitter to be informed about and engaged in this exciting field of agricultural development.

IUSS Conference on Soil Functions and Climate Change, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany , 23-26 September 2015

This International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) conference, which is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils 2015 and the 350th Anniversary of the Christian Albrechts University, will address the broad question: ‘Do we underestimate the consequences of new disequilibria in soil properties?‘. Titled SUSTAIN, the conference aims to increase understanding of […]

Happy 90th Birthday to Geneticist M.S Swaminathan!

Source: Wikipedia

The PAR team joins the rest of the world in celebrating the life of the Indian Father of the Green Revolution! Swaminathan is known as “Indian Father of Green Revolution” for his leadership and success in introducing and further developing high-yielding varieties of wheat in India. He is the founder and chairman of the MS […]