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2011-10-24 23:07:45

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have identified a number of stem rust-resistant wheat varieties and are retesting them to verify their resistance. Stem rust occurs worldwide wherever wheat is grown. Over a large area, losses from stem rust can be severe, ranging from 50 to 70 percent, and individual fields can be destroyed. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant pathologist Mike Bonman at the agency's Small Grains and Potato Germplasm Research Unit in Aberdeen,...

2010-04-02 11:47:26

Asian wheat may offer novel genes for shoring up the defenses of U.S. varieties against Fusarium graminearum fungi that cause Fusarium head blight (FHB) disease. According to Agricultural Research Service (ARS) plant molecular biologist Guihua Bai, the FHB resistance found in today's U.S. wheat varieties is primarily based on the Chinese wheat variety Sumai 3 and a few other sources. But there's concern that FHB-causing species of F. graminearum will overcome these resistant sources. In...

2009-07-30 17:25:22

The practices of Thailand's hill farmers have helped preserve the genetic diversity of rice, researchers in the United States and Thailand found. Research by Barbara A. Schaal of Washington University in St. Louis and colleagues at Chiang Mai University in Thailand showed how natural genetic drift and agricultural practices of traditional farmers influenced the genetic diversity of a given landrace, or traditional varieties, of rice, Washington University said Thursday in a news release....

2009-06-17 12:40:25

As rapidly rising temperatures in Africa threaten to scorch local varieties of maize and other food staples, the food security of many Africans will depend on farmers in one country gaining access to climatically suitable varieties now being cultivated in other African nations, and beyond, according to a peer-reviewed study published in Global Environmental Change.But the study, conducted by researchers at Stanford University's Program on Food Security and the Environment and the Rome-based...

2008-08-27 12:00:56

By PATRICIA WEST-BARKER In Northern New Mexico, you cannot only see the region's history in its adobe homes and farmland irrigated by acequias, you can taste it and smell it, too -- especially in chile-roasting season. The Trujillo family, which owns and operates El Rincon Farm in El Rincon de los Trujillo in Chimay, can trace their own lineage -- and that of their landrace Chimay chile -- back to the original settlers of the region. Defining "landrace" in an article in Fiery Foods...


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Belgian Landrace
2014-08-27 09:35:46

The Belgian landrace, also known as the Belgian lop-eared, Belgian improved landrace, or the improved Belgian, is a breed of domestic pig that can be found in northern areas of Belgium. It was developed when English pigs were imported into Belgium, after which time they were improved upon until 1930, when they were bred with German landrace pigs. The resulting breed was crossbred with Dutch landrace pigs in 1945 and later other breeds including those from Germany and Luxemburg. This breed...

Göttingen Minipig
2014-08-13 12:00:03

The Göttingen minipig, also known as the Göttinger, is a domestic breed of miniature pig that was developed in Europe for the purpose of biomedical research. Using pigs in medical research has been popular for centuries, as they show many similarities to the human anatomy. This breed of pig was developed by crossing the Vietnamese potbelly pig with the Minnesota minipig and was later crossed with the German landrace breed to give it a pink or white skin color. It was made available to...

Icelandic Chicken
2014-06-19 13:36:31

The Icelandic chicken is a breed of landrace chicken that has been present in Iceland since its introduction into the region by the Norse during the ninth century. Although the breed has been isolated since this time, its genetic purity is low due to the importation of commercial chickens during the 1950s. During the 1970s, conservationists were able to preserve the breed, which holds a population of a few thousand individuals, and a few flocks have been exported to other countries. During...

Armenian Gampr Dog
2013-06-13 12:58:48

The Armenian Gampr is a breed of livestock guarding dog that originated from the Armenian Highlands. This breed was developed by locals who used primitive selective breeding techniques, but is considered a distinctive landrace. The Armenian term Gampr translates to watchdog in English, which is this breed’s most common usage. The Armenian Gampr is natural breed that has not changed very much throughout its documented history. It is a large dog that can reach an average weight between 99...

Dragon Li
2013-06-12 16:16:03

The dragon li, also known as the China Li Hua or the Li Hua Ma, among other names, is a domestic cat breed that originated in China. This natural breed is a descendent of a wild natural breed, or landrace, and occurs in dynastic culture and Chinese folklore. Although it goes by many names in its native China, which has caused some confusion, it has more recently been called the dragon li or the Chinese Li Hua in recognition of the cultural popularity of the Chinese dragon. The dragon li is...

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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.