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posted by janrinok on Thursday October 06 2016, @04:23PM   Printer-friendly
from the planting-the-future dept.

A major seed bank in Aleppo, Syria, holds genes that might help researchers breed crops to survive climate change. But the conflict tearing the country apart has rendered the bank largely inaccessible for the past four years. Now an effort to duplicate its seed collection at more-accessible locations is ramping up.

On 29 September, the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), which runs the bank in Aleppo, officially launched a sister bank in Terbol, Lebanon, which now hosts 30,000 duplicates. Together with a new bank in Rabat, Morocco, it will make thousands of seeds available to researchers.
Seed banks function as bank accounts for plant genes. Collectors deposit seeds, which can later be 'withdrawn' to replenish crops lost in conflict or disaster, to breed new traits into crops — such as pest or heat resistance — and to research the evolution of plants over the ages.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 07 2016, @02:53AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 07 2016, @02:53AM (#411309)

    The odds any science story will devolve to AGW pimping seems to be close to 1:1, some just take longer. There doesn't even seem to be much of a correlation between the relevance of the story either. This one manages it in the first sentence of the summary.

    It does seem driven by the same sort of force. Godwin's Law encodes the tendency of certain people to throw "Hitler" when they lose an argument. The press / Democratic Party (BIRM) seem driven to reduce every possible problem to a need for more power for themselves and to dismiss any opposition through the use of one of a couple of common tropes, "literally Hitler", accusation of some *ism, climate alarmism / enviromentalism, etc. We need a more encompassing Law to cover the whole set.

    Given that what you're talking about implies ignorance, intentional deception, and a complete absence of critical thinking, perhaps we should call it "Trump's Law" or that one is engaging in "Trumpisms"? "Trumping"? "DonaldSpeak" maybe?

  • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Friday October 07 2016, @12:58PM

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Friday October 07 2016, @12:58PM (#411459) Journal

    Oh that was coined a political generation ago as "Shrubspeak," as in something George W. Bush would say.

    Washington DC delenda est.