Latest Crop diversity Stories
The conventional wisdom that says the 20th century was a disaster for crop diversity is nothing more than a myth.
The continued growth of cropland and loss of natural habitat have increasingly simplified agricultural landscapes in the Midwest.
Growth of cropland, loss of natural habitat to blame.
A new study has matched future climate change "hotspots" with regions already suffering chronic food problems to identify highly-vulnerable populations, chiefly in Africa and South Asia, but potentially in China and Latin America as well, where in fewer than 40 years, the prospect of shorter, hotter or drier growing seasons could imperil hundreds of millions of already-impoverished people.
Researchers meeting at a scientific conference in Aleppo this week reported that aggressive new strains of wheat rust diseases â€“ called stem rust and stripe rust â€“ have decimated up to 40% of farmers' wheat fields in recent harvests.
Crop specialists in Central America announced today that a major rescue effort is underway in one of the heartlands of ancient agriculture to regenerate thousands of unique varieties of coffee, tomatoes, chili peppers, beans and other major crops through a partnership between the Global Crop Diversity Trust and 19 Latin American genebanks.
Third birthday of arctic repository brings surge in seed deposits, but also reminders from Egypt, Australia and Russia of natural and man-made risks to global agriculture.
The Global Crop Diversity Trust today announced a major global search to systematically find, gather, catalogue, use, and save the wild relatives of wheat, rice, beans, potato, barley, lentils, chickpea, and other essential food crops, in order to help protect global food supplies against the imminent threat of climate change, and strengthen future food security.
Researchers have uncovered the genetic basis of remarkable broad-spectrum resistance to a viral infection that, in some parts of the world, is the most important pathogen affecting leafy and arable brassica crops including broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, swede and oilseed rape.
Saving vulnerable indigenous crop diversity is key to developing crops in the future and promoting healthier diets.
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