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Grain amaranth (Amaranthus spp., Amaranthaceae)

Amaranthus cruentus

Apart from kiwicha (Amaranthus caudatus) featured previously as our Crop of the Week,  two more amaranth species, namely Amaranthus hypochondriacus and Amaranthus cruentus are used in various parts of the world for their edible grain. Although the leaves of grain amaranths are also highly palatable and nutritionally dense (notably with high contents of protein, vitamin C, carotene, calcium, iron and fibre), these species are predominantly produced as a source of (non-cereal) grain. The genus Amarathus is believed to have originated from Central and South America, and contains some 60 species, all of which are weedy. They often grow […]

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Geographical Indications, Biodiversity and Poor Communities

Identifying and fleshing out recommendations to realize the potential of Geographic Indications (GI) in some selected countries in Africa and Asia.
A CIRAD desk study commissioned by UNCTAD and CFF as a follow up follow-up on a global GI study undertaken by GFU in 2007 (Larson 2007, Relevance of geographical indications […]

University of Arizona announces breeding course for January 6-10, 2014

The BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona has announced the 2014 “Tucson Plant Breeding Institute” to be held January 6-10, 2014. The course encompasses 4 modules: 1) Introduction to Plant Quantitative Genetics, 2) Introduction to Plant Genomics, 3) Advanced Statistical Plant Breeding, and 4) Bioinformatics for Breeders. One of the instructors, J.B. […]

Training courses on neglected and underutilised species in Benin and Uganda

Three new training courses on neglected and underutilised species have just been announced by Bioversity International and partner organisations to take place in November and December this year in Uganda and Benin. The courses seek to strengthen research capabilities of African researchers and specifically address: 1) scientific writing and communication, 2) […]