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24 December 2012 2 Comments
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The International Foundation for Science (IFS) is inviting early-career scientists in IFS eligible developing countries to apply for its Individual Research Grants to do research on the themes of:

  1. Food Production, Food Security and Nutrition
    Including but not limited to: Research on Food Production; Animal Production and Veterinary Medicine; Crop Science including Underutilised Crops; Food Science and Nutrition, and Food Security issues.
  2. Sustainable Natural Resources Management
    Including but not limited to: Biodiversity, Forestry, Natural Products, Renewable Energy and Climate Change.
  3. Water and Aquatic Resources
    Including but not limited to: Water Resources Research; Research on all aspects of freshwater, brackish and marine aquatic organisms and their environments.

Individual Research grants are awarded on merit in amounts up to USD 12,000 for one to three years.

Deadline for application is 27 January 2013. The full guidelines, eligibility criteria, and instructions to apply are available here: http://www.ifs.se/IFS/Documents/Calls/IFS_Call_for_Individual_Applications_Dec2012.pdf

05 December 2012 Add Comments
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Sesame expert Dorothea Bedigian shares an updated bibliography of her work on sesame and other Sesamum species. There are many interesting papers regarding the history, cultivation and utilisation of sesame.

  • Bedigian, D.  2012. African origins of sesame cultivation in the Americas. Pages 67-120 In R. Voeks and J. Rashford, Eds. African Ethnobotany in the Americas. Springer, NY.
  • Qiu, Z., Y. Zhang, D. Bedigian, X. Li, C. Wang and H. Jiang. 2012. Sesame utilization in China: new archaeobotanical evidence from Xinjiang. Economic Botany 66(3): 255-263.
  • Bedigian, D.  2011. Pedaliaceae. Pages 53-60 In M.S.M. Sosef, J. Florence and L.N. Banak, Eds. Flore du Gabon, vol. 42. Margraf Pulishers, Weikersheim; Backhuys Publishers, Leiden.
  • Elleuch, M., D. Bedigian, S. Besbes, C. Blecker and H. Attia. 2011. Dietary fibre characteristics and antioxidant activity of sesame seed coats (testae). International Journal of Food Properties 15(1): 25-37.
  • Elleuch, M., D. Bedigian, O. Roiseux, S. Besbes, C. Blecker and H. Attia. 2011. Dietary fibre and fibre-rich byproducts of food processing: Characterization, technological functionality and commercial applications: a review. Food Chemistry 124: 411-421.
  • Elleuch, M., D. Bedigian, A. Zitoun and N. Zouari. 2011. Sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) seeds in food, nutrition and health. Chapter 122, Pages 1029-1036 In V.R. Preedy, R.R. Watson and V.B. Patel, Eds. Nuts and Seeds in Health and Disease Prevention. Elsevier.
  • Bedigian, D. 2010 [©2011]. Cultivated sesame, and wild relatives in the genus Sesamum L. Pages 33-77 In D. Bedigian, Ed. Sesame: the genus Sesamum. Medicinal and Aromatic Plants – Industrial Profiles series. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL.
  • Bedigian, D. 2010 [©2011]. Current market trends: critical issues and economic importance of sesame. Pages 423-490 In D. Bedigian, Ed. Sesame: the genus Sesamum. Medicinal and Aromatic Plants – Industrial Profiles series. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL.
  • Bedigian, D. 2010 [©2011]. Current regulatory status of sesame and its commercial products. Pages 491-505 In D. Bedigian, Ed. Sesame: the genus Sesamum. Medicinal and Aromatic Plants – Industrial Profiles series. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL.
  • Bedigian, D. 2010 [©2011]. Introduction. History of the cultivation and use of sesame. Pages 1-31 In D. Bedigian, Ed. Sesame: the genus Sesamum. Medicinal and Aromatic Plants – Industrial Profiles series. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL.
  • Bedigian, D. 2010 [©2011]. Introduction and early use of sesame in America: medicine, cookery and folkways. Pages 389-421 In D. Bedigian, Ed. Sesame: the genus Sesamum. Medicinal and Aromatic Plants – Industrial Profiles series. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL.
  • Bedigian, D. 2010 [©2011].  Sesame cultivation and irrigation in the Kingdom of Urartu (Ararat), Armenian Highlands, and its aftermath: major agricultural innovation. Pages 367-388 In D. Bedigian, Ed. Sesame: the genus Sesamum. Medicinal and Aromatic Plants – Industrial Profiles series. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL.
  • Bedigian, D. 2010. Characterization of sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) germplasm: a critique. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 57(5): 641-647.

Click here to view a list of sesame papers published in the period 1981-2007.

28 November 2012 Add Comments
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International Seminar “Old and new crops to meet the challenges of the XXIst century”, Cordoba, Spain, 10-13 December 2012

The seminar will be broadcast online.
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The journal “Sustainability” has announced a special issue on “Underutilised Plant Species: Leveraging Food and Nutritional Security, and Income Generation”. The deadline for manuscript submissions is 30 June 2013.

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08 November 2012 Add Comments
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The International Foundation for Science (IFS) is inviting early-career scientists in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda doing research on neglected and underutilised species (NUS) to express interest in applying for IFS Collaborative Research Grants.

The total value of a Collaborative Research Grant for a small team of 3-5 eligible researchers will be in the range of USD 45,000-75,000.

Deadline for application is 12 November 2012. Please visit this website for more information.

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