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Syrian Seeds Stored in Norway for Safekeeping

A team of scientists in Aleppo won an award for their efforts to preserve plant diversity.

Image via ICARDA.

Syrian scientists are being rewarded for preserving life of another kind. In Norway, they’ve amassed a seedbank of 150,000 seeds in an effort to protect the vast, rich diversity of Syrian agriculture and horticulture. Last week, the guardians of the ICARDA genebank, which stores its seed collection at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian islands, were awarded with the Gregor Mendel Award for their extensive work.

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Scientists Quarantining Cocoa to Save the Future of Chocolate

A new center in England is hoping to offset an impending global shortage of cocoa.

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Panic was widespread when doomsayers predicted global cocoa shortages by 2020 due to increasing demand, pest infestation, and the spread of plant disease. In response to these factors, the cost of the cocoa bean has rapidly increased—compelling Hershey’s to raise prices by eight percent and Mars by seven percent, possibly portending end-of-times for the candy industry. But you can stop hoarding your chocolate bars and cocoa powder: Scientists have a plan to protect the world’s cocoa supply.

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How Young Scientists Are Determining the Future of Organic Farming—And Craft Beer

One of the country's first organic plant breeding fellowships is funding a Washington State University graduate student studying barley for beer.

Washington State University graduate student Brook Brouwer

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