Tag Archives: domestication

Neglected and underutilised species

The New Agriculturalist tells us about neglected and underutilised species. ‘Variety is said to be the spice of life and to make our lives more interesting. And yet, worldwide, a significant proportion of the global treasure chest of plant biodiversity … Continue reading

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History of Pearl millet

Originally posted on bbzfrankie:
Pearl millet is the most widely grown type of millet. It has been grown in Africa and the Indian subcontinent since prehistoric times. The center of diversity, and suggested area of domestication, for the crop is…

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Seeking sustainable crops

Elisabeth Braw at the Guardian tells us about the search for sustainable crops. She says that we in the rich world focus too much on a tiny number of staple food species. But ‘at one time during the past 10,000 … Continue reading

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5,000 years ago, before the domestication of rice, ancient Chinese got starch from palms…

Originally posted on anthropogen:
From Science World Report: China wasn’t known for its agriculture until domesticated rice was introduced. Yet now, archaeologists have made an intriguing find. They’ve discovered that people in subtropical China may have practiced agriculture 5,000 years…

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A Unique and Fascinating Creature! The Camel

Originally posted on The Role of Traditional Animal Genetic Resources for Food Security Under Climate Change Influence:
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The extraordinary diversity of Brassica oleracea

Originally posted on The Botanist in the Kitchen:
Before the caterpillars attacked: Red Russian kale seedlings Jeanne turns her frustration with caterpillars in her garden into an exploration of the botany behind an extraordinary species:  Brassica oleracea. White cabbage butterflies…

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Donkeys and mules

People keep donkeys around the world. This relationship’s here to stay. Donkeys have been living alongside humans since about the time that we started to build houses, and many of us still keep donkeys, because donkeys are useful. Donkeys are … Continue reading

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