Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and tree biodiversity

19 Jan 2017

Passing of an agrobiodiversity champion: Dr George Wagdi Ayad

Dr George Wagdi Ayad, a beloved friend and colleague of Bioversity International and partners, passed away in Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt, where he had retired a few years ago. Dr Wagdi Ayad was the former Regional Director of Bioversity International's office for Central, West Asia and North ... read more

13 Jan 2017

Cryopreservation – Safeguarding crops for millennia

Cryopreservation consists of storing plant material in liquid nitrogen at -196 °C. A new video explains how Bioversity International is using cryopreservation to back up its banana diversity collection in Leuven, Belgium.

16 Dec 2016

It's time to politicize tree seed

In line with the CBD call for ‘reviewing, improving or establishing’ land tenure and spatial planning approaches in restoration, it is time to review, improve and establish tree seed systems, says Riina Jalonen as she concludes the Bioversity International CBD COP13 Forest and Landscape ... read more

15 Dec 2016

Agrobiodiversity characteristics for multiple benefits in restored agricultural systems

In the latest blog for the COP13 blog series, Natalia Estrada-Carmona and colleagues describe the behind-the-scenes work on a new tool that will 'triangulate' available plant traits linked to ecosystem processes to guide restoration efforts while facilitating to practitioners’ and other ... read more

13 Dec 2016

Belgium signs cooperation agreement with CGIAR

On 7 December 2016, Belgium signed a cooperation agreement with CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future. CGIAR research is carried out by 15 CGIAR Centres, including Bioversity International.

12 Dec 2016

A tool to guide species and seed selection for the restoration of seasonally dry tropical forest in Colombia

Making sure that native species and seed sources are site-adapted requires a certain degree of scientifically-based decision making capacity, which most restoration practitioners currently do not have.  As part of our CBD COP13 Forest and Landscape Restoration blog series, Evert Thomas ... read more

09 Dec 2016

Boosting the conservation of crop wild relatives in Southern Africa

Bioversity International’s South African Development Community Crop Wild Relatives Project is drawing to a close with a final dissemination meeting that took place in Pretoria, South Africa, on 23–24 November 2016.

09 Dec 2016

Restoring productivity and biodiversity in tropical forests by mimicking natural disasters

Laura Snook, Coordinator of Management and Conservation of Forest and Tree Resources, CGIAR Research Programme on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry, explains why sometimes it necessary to clear patches of trees to stimulate regeneration of species that become established after natural ... read more

07 Dec 2016

A measure of diversity from production to diets: The value of an Agrobiodiversity Index

Bioversity International's Director General, Ann Tutwiler, guest-blogs for the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) from the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP13) in Cancun, Mexico and explains the importance of mainstreaming agrobiodiversity in food systems and ... read more

06 Dec 2016

Mainstreaming biodiversity for nutrition in Brazil

Daniela Moura de Oliveira Beltrame, National Project Coordinator, Biodiversity for Food and Nutrition, explains why Brazil is putting diverse native species at the centre of policies for sustainable development in the latest CBD COP13 Blog.

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