Banking biodiversity in Vietnam

24 August, 2015 by (comments)

Disappearing under a thick canopy of leaves, Tran Thi Ha is quick to point out five different types of the root crop cassava on her farm – and their somewhat unusual uses. “We use the stems of cassava stakes as a medium to grow mushrooms,” she says, pointing to a line of cut cassava stems. Nestling in the foothillsRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, Cassava @en, Climate Change, Crop diversity, Crops @en, Regions

When growing coffee conserves biodiversity

22 May, 2014 by (comments)

There are several ways to grow coffee, from the traditional shaded plantation, where a canopy of trees protects coffee plants from the sun, all the way to intensive, full-sun coffee production, where only coffee plants are grown to, theoretically, increase yields. Shaded coffee farms do notably better at conserving biodiversity and providing ecosystem services, including pollination, pest control, climateRead More …

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Scientists develop first satellite deforestation tracker for whole of Latin America

19 June, 2012 by (comments)

An international team of researchers in Colombia, the UK, USA and Switzerland have developed the first ever system to monitor deforestation across Latin America in near real-time using satellite data. Preliminary results from the new system reveal that in parts of Colombia, deforestation has increased by 340 per cent since 2004; and over a million hectares of forest haveRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

“Anthropogenic cocktail” the real threat to biodiversity

30 March, 2011 by (comments)

If you’re interested in finding out how biodiversity is being affected by not only climate change but also other human-induced threats such as habitat destruction, deforestation, and over-harvesting, listen here to a radio interview with biodiversity expert and author Richard Pearson. Dr. Pearson says that nature has the ability to respond to a changing environment however these additional pressuresRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change

CIAT and USDA forging new links

18 February, 2011 by (comments)

Dr Jonathan Lundgren, research entomologist with the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA-ARS), is visiting CIAT for the next three months to develop collaborations between USDA and CIAT. Here he talks about the background and objectives of his visit. Over the years, CGIAR and USDA-ARS have collaborated on several research projects. In June 2010,Read More …

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Filed Under: Inside CIAT

UN conference delegates visit CIAT genebank

30 March, 2010 by (comments)

Delegates from a United Nations (UN) meeting on genetic resources have visited CIAT’s genebank to learn more about the institution’s role in protecting and conserving plant material and its commitment to making it freely available to plant breeders and researchers around the world. The 40-strong delegation was part of the UN’s Ninth Conference of the Parties to the ConventionRead More …

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Filed Under: Crop diversity, Inside CIAT, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Daniel Debouck – guardian of biodiversity

21 January, 2010 by (comments)

CIAT’s Daniel Debouck is featured in the latest edition of Geneflow. The annual magazine, produced by CGIAR sister-center Bioversity International, promotes “awareness of the importance of the Earth’s agricultural biodiversity and the role it plays in improving people’s lives and livelihoods.” In the two-page feature, Daniel describes his work as manager of CIAT’s genebank at the institution’s headquarters inRead More …

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Filed Under: CIAT in the media, Crop diversity, Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions