GENRES - Information System Genetic Resources
Your information platform for agricultural biological diversity
The Information and Coordination Center for Biological Diversity (IBV) provides information on old and rare crop varieties at this year's Spring Market on April 21, 2018 at Münsterplatz in Bonn at a joint stand of the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food. An insight into the diversity of varieties is the range of old tomato varieties in an impressive variety of colors, shapes and sizes. By distributing seeds of the traditional lettuce "Mayking" and the radish variety "Sora", visitors should be motivated to do something themselves against the extinction of these old varieties - true to the motto "conservation through use"!
The project "Netzwerk Artenkenntnis" wants to realize an internet platform for the networking of taxonomists. The number of people with species knowledge has been declining for years. This problem also exists in the area of crops, their wild relatives and insects that are important for agriculture. Only a few people can reliably identify less widespread or rarely cultivated species. To set up the network two surveys are running until May 31, they are adressed to experts and people interested in nature.
For the first time in Germany, scientific research was carried out to record the varietal diversity in vegetable crops available between 1836 and 1956 and investigate whether seeds or planting material of these varieties is still available today. The research results are published in the database "Historically Used Vegetables", which also includes data of 7000 ancient vegetable varieties and about 3000 illustrations.
The sixth session of the plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was held in Medellin, Colombia from 18 to 24 March. 750 Representatives of more than 80 member states discussed in depth the global state of biodiversity. Five scientific assessments have been approved: Four Regional Assessments of Biodiversity in America, Asia, Africa, Europe and Central Asia, and a Report on Land Degradation and Restoration.
Several birds with one stone wants to hit a new project of the construction paints manufacturer DAW SE. By the mixed culture of peas with camelina agricultural cultivation will be diversified, while camelina serves as a food source for insects. Farmers shall benefit and the camelina oil will be used to create sustainable raw materials for the production of glazes, wood oils and varnishes. The project wants to build the needed value chain.
Scientists from the Georg-August-University in Göttingen investigated the influence of different types of pollination on the fruit development of strawberries. They compared the effects of self-, insect- and hand-pollination on shape, size and taste. They were able to show for the first time that insect pollination has an influence on hormonal processes during fruit development, which in turn led to well-formed, heavier and larger fruits.