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  • Vacancy announcement

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    For the German science-policy interface for biodiversity research (NeFo) there is a vacancy for a scientist to give scientific-technical support to the German science-policy interface, especially to IPBES (Intergovernmental science-policy platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services). The job is 75% of the regular weekly working time, and it is limited until 31.07.2018. Applications are welcome until 26.08.2014. Further information in German only.

    18.08.2014


  • Japan submits almost 18,000 crops and forages into the Multilateral System with high-value associated data

    The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan has notified the International Treaty about the inclusion of almost 18,000 accessions of crop and forages into the Treaty’s Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-Sharing (MLS) and the publication of its associated data, adding value to that material for breeders and researches. These 18,000 samples, maintained in Japan by the Genebank of the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences (NIAS), belong to the list of crops and forages included in Annex 1 of the International Treaty for inclusion in the MLS including rice, wheat, barley, sorghum, maize and a large number grasses and forages. Japan became a Contracting Party to...

    11.08.2014


  • Technical Guidelines for Genetic Conservation and Use

    Recently, the Federal government and Länder Working Group "Forest Genetic Resources and Legislation on Forest Reproductive Material" makes technical guidelines for the conservation and sustainable utilisation of genetic resources of 24 tree species available. The guidelines are targeted to practical forest managers and provide summarized information on biology, ecology, distribution ranges, importance and use, threats to genetic diversity and recommendations for long-term genetic conservation. The guidelines were developed within the framework of the European Forest Genetic Resources Programme (EUFORGEN).

    07.08.2014


  • Discover the waters

    After "Discover the Forest - The small forest Primer" and "Discover the land - The Little Country Guide" is the “water guide” the third publication from the popular series of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food. With profiles of aquatic animals and plants you can dive in sea, river and lake habitats.

    05.08.2014


  • Soft Hardwood harvest – a decision support system

    The aim of the project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, was to estimate the actual usable potential of soft hardwood and to develop sustainable management, use and exploitation concepts that can be implemented in sustainable multifunctional forest management. Therefore, a calculation program was developed for six different harvesting systems – for a manually via a highly mechanized way to Yarder.

    04.08.2014


  • First International BION Conference in September

    BION – Biodiversity in Bonn is a network of about 60 local, regional, national and international actors in the field of research and conservation of biodiversity. On the 1st International Conference “Biodiversity today for tomorrow” on September 17th to 19th in Bonn the BION Partners will give an insight view of their work. The Conference is structured in eight different theme and working groups, one “Biodiversity for food and agriculture / bioeconomy” is organized by the Information and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity. If you wish further information please read the program and registration online

    23.07.2014


  • 10th Anniversary of the National Park Eifel

    The first and only National Park in North Rhine-Westphalia protects beech forests - since 2004 there are 110 square kilometres under special protection. For its 10th anniversary on 30.-31.08. 2014 selected research results will be presented in Schleiden-Gemünd.

    22.07.2014


  • BMEL launched funding priority "sustainable forest management"

    Structurally rich mixed forests of deciduous and coniferous trees are the objective of this funding measure. The aim is to provide through research and development as well as demonstration projects a contribution to the security of wood supply, the value added in forest ownership and the woodworking business and the conservation of forests, which also supply benefits to society such as protective functions and recreational purposes. Deadline for submission: 30.09.2014.

    21.07.2014


  • First Call for proposals under the ECPGR Activity Grant Scheme

    The Secretariat of the European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR) has launched a call to which the working groups can apply within the ECPGR itself. The projects that are funded within the ECPGR Activity Grant Schemes are intended to serve the implementation of the ECPGR objectives and support the long-term conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources.

    04.07.2014


  • State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources

    The FAO launched its first report on "The State of the World's Forest Genetic Resources" based on data from 86 countries. According to the report, half of the forest species reported as regularly utilized by countries are threatened by the conversion of forests to pastures and farmland, overexploitation, and the impacts of climate change. Therefore, a major step in building the information and knowledge base required for action towards better conservation and sustainable management of forest genetic resources is provided within this report.

    06.06.2014


  • Survey on regional marketing of meat products started

    The Secretariat of the German Network of Rural Areas of the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food is carrying out a survey on regional marketing of meat producers in the framework of the project "Food Processing in Rural Areas". The survey is intended to provide an overview over the success factors and obstacles for regional marketing of meat products. The deadline ends on 13th July 2014. Contact: Ms Rocha, 0049 (0)228/ 6845-3882.

    05.06.2014


  • Consequences of extreme weather conditions for agriculture and forestry

    Extreme weather conditions such as heat, drought, storm, flood, hail or frost can cause significant damage to agriculture and forestry. While the long-term and global impacts of climate change are being intensely investigated, for the highly varying extreme weather conditions on regional level there are hardly any reliable research results available. The research project "Agricultural Relevant Extreme Weather Conditions and Possibilities of Risk Management Systems" of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) is intended to provide in-depth information. First results were presented in a workshop and discussed with experts from science, economy and governmental administration.

    03.06.2014


  • Natural capital Germany: Climate Report published

    Since 2012, the project "natural capital Germany – TEEB DE" has been working to describe the economic value of ecosystems and biodiversity. Due to this economic perspective the capability and benefits of nature can be more comprehensible and visible. This value can be taken into consideration in private and policy decision making in future. Synergies of climate protection and adaptation to climate change with the maintenance of capacity of natural capital and biodiversity are identified in the recently published climate report.

    26.05.2014


  • Start of the gene bank for crop wild relatives

    29-30. April 2014 was the final event of the pilot and demonstration project for the establishment of the gene bank for crop wild relatives. The project began in 2009 and was promoted by the BLE with funds of the BMEL. In this project period a strong network with various university facilities could be linked, that now wants to jointly continue the genebank for crop wild relatives.

    02.05.2014


  • Second Call for nominations for expert-groups, Deadline June 8th 2014

    At the beginning of April 2014 the german coordination center for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was set up at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Bonn. The coordination center calls for scientific participation in international and national processes of IPBES and gives informations about ongoing activities. At the moment they are looking for national experts for two expertgroups which shall fix contents and aims for a set of regional and subregional assessments and an assessment on land degradation and restoration.

    30.04.2014


  • Symposium migratory fish and fish migration in the River Elbe

    The "World Fish Migration Day" is an established event since 10 years, supplying information through a worldwide network of events concerning the problems of migratory fish. In this context the "Gesellschaft zur Rettung des Störs e.V " will perform a symposium on migratory fish and fish migration in the river Elbe in Elbschloss Bleckede on 24/05/2014. This symposium will be a taking place of 164 worldwide events and actions on this issue.

    28.04.2014


  • Forest of the Year 2014

    The Schönbruch (Baden-Württemberg) was chosen as Forest of the Year 2014 by the Union of German Foresters (Bund Deutscher Forstleute BDF) after a public vote with over 12.000 participants. It documents the exemplary fulfilment of all requirements of society and nature in a forest as well as the efforts of the foresters.

    08.04.2014


  • The gene bank for crop wild relatives is established

    The gene bank for crop wild relatives (Genbank WEL) was established in december 2013. Five project partners from academia and the Information and Coordination Centre (IBV) of the Federal Office for Food and Agriculture (BLE) are cooperation partners in this network. The starting point of the Genbank WEL was a project, which was funded by BMEL/BLE. Within the project, a final event will take place on 29 / 30.04.2013 in Regensburg. Inter alia the constitution, the goals and the further development of the national Genbank WEL will be outlined as well as the contributions to the implementation of the national and international framework. Registration is possible.

    07.04.2014


  • CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2014: BENEFIT-SHARING FUND

    The focus of the Third Call for Proposals is to provide financial resources for a targeted set of programmes, projects and activities of high potential impact as to help farmers adapt to climate change through the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture. Any governmental or non-governmental organization, including farmers and farmers’ organizations, genebanks and research institutions, as well as regional and international organizations, based in eligible countries that are Contracting Parties to the International Treaty, may apply for grants under the Benefit-sharing Fund until 5 May 2014.

    26.03.2014


  • Vacancy announcement

    The Global Crop Diversity Trust, located in Bonn is seeking candidates for the position of Assistant to the Exec-utive Office. Applications are possible till 13 April 2014.

    25.03.2014


  • Conference on plant genetic resources

    The PGR Secure consortium and the European Association for Research on Plant Breeding (EUCARPIA) are pleased to announce a joint international conference on utilization and conservation of crop wild relative (CWR) and landrace (LR) diversity for crop improvement in Cambridge, UK (16–20 June 2014).

    25.03.2014


  • Forest Condition Survey 2013

    The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) published the results of the national forest condition survey 2013. The recent survey shows that the condition of the forest in Germany compared to last year has improved slightly: The condition of beech, spruce and oak trees has improved; pine trees are almost unchanged. Despite the improvement crowns of oak trees are severely damaged. In addition no damage was reported for 38% of the trees. This information provides an important basis for forest and environmental policy decisions regarding the protection of the forests.

    21.03.2014


  • Fisheries management and aquaculture: European Research Call

    The Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE) serves as a promoter for the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BmEL) the first publication of the ERA-Nets COFASP on the topics of fisheries, aquaculture and processing. Now is called for the submission of concept sketches for transnational research projects. The total budget for transnational research is over five million Euros.

    20.03.2014


  • Transverse structures endanger fish stocks

    The effects of transverse structures on biodiversity and the biological and morpho-dynamic continuity of streams can be significant according to the Federal Government. Thus, currently only ten percent of the riverine water bodies are in a "very good" or "good ecological status", the Federal Government writes in a reply on a "small inquiry" made by the parliamentary group of the "Die Linke" (The Left Party). The fact that this percentage is so low, is attributed to dams in large part. The use of hydroelectric power also affects the downstream migration of fish.

    13.03.2014


  • Fit for Climate Change - Humid Forests in the Münsterland

    The aim of the project "Fit for Climate Change - Measures for Sustainable, Natural Adaptation of Humid Forests in the Münsterland to Climate Change" is to stabilize forests on mostly damp locations compared to the expected impacts of climate change and to achieve the most effective long-term fixation of CO2. The model-like examinations will be transferred to other areas with comparable site conditions. The project, which is sponsored by the Forest Climate Fund, is carried out by the NABU Nature Conservation Station Münster and the State Enterprise for Forestry and Timber North Rhine-Westphalia.

    11.03.2014


  • Breeding strategy for enhanced forest reproductive material

    Climate change is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. Therefore a precautionary principle shall be developed to be able to encounter these future challenges. Forest plant breeding is an important starting-point with the provision of an adequate supply of enhanced forest reproductive material which is adaptable, efficient and resistant enough to the expected environmental changes. For that reason, detailed breeding strategies for 6 tree species (mountain maple, Douglas fir, oak, spruce, larch and pine) are suggested.

    04.03.2014


  • Seed festival 2014

    On Saturday the 8th March 2014 a seed festival organized by the Association for the Preservation of crop diversity (VEN) will take place in the Drachenfelsschule in Königswinter. With the slogan “Seed property is cultural property” the participating clubs and associations will inform about the protection and use of the cultivar diversity in agriculture. In addition interesting refreshments and seeds of rare varieties will be offered. The crafting of mandalas out of seeds or the presentation of rare breeds of domestic animals in the schoolyard also invite young visitors to join. The Information and Coordination Center of the BLE is represented with an information stand.

    27.02.2014


  • Certificate for sustainable short rotation coppice

    A certificate "Agrarholz nachhalitg anbauen" for short rotation coppice is available in Germany since 2014. It regulates the environmentally and climate-friendly lay out, management and harvest of short rotation coppice in harmony with the natural and water resources balance, biodiversity and the landscape. Furthermore, the European Union recognizes this form of agriculture as ecological priority area so that the federal states can subsidize the laying out of short rotation coppice.

    21.02.2014


  • Knowledge Portal for aquaculture goes online

    Immediately consumers can easily and quickly get to independent and transparent information on aquaculture: Under the scientific management of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) "aquaculture Info” a freely accessible knowledge-based internet platform for aquaculture has been created.

    17.02.2014


  • Environmental forest monitoring

    Since January 2014, the environmental forest monitoring is a legal duty for the federal government and the federal states. With the regulation a continuous elevation of data (e.g. crown condition, tree growth and litterfall) of German forests will be guaranteed. In addition, an intensive monitoring is carried out on select forest areas. Information about the condition and the development of the forests is an important basis for forest, environmental and political decisions as well as for international reports e.g. regarding climate change.

    14.02.2014


  • IPBES Call for expert nominations, Deadline for German nominations February 16th 2014

    The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) located in Bonn is a new advisory board of the United Nations. In January 2014, IPBES issued a call for nominations for expert groups and task forces for different biodiversity topics. According to the international agreed procedures the German government will provide a nomination list to the IPBES Secretariat: The Network-Forum for Biodiversity Research (NeFo)is coordinating the German nomination process. Interested experts should contact NeFo until February 16th 2014.

    10.02.2014


  • Downderry-lavender collection new partner of the German Genebank for Ornamentels

    In January 2014 it was officially announced the inclusion of a significant collection of lavender in the network plant collections at the International Trade Fair for Plants (IPM) in Essen. Therewith the Downderry Lavender collection is now supporting partner in the network plant collections and part of the German Genebank for Ornamentals.

    06.02.2014


  • Vacancy announcement

    The Global Crop Diversity Trust, located in Bonn is seeking candidates for the position of a Finance Officer. Applications are possible till 3 March 2014.

    06.02.2014


  • Launch of the first online Global Freshwater Biodiversity Atlas

    A new online Atlas of freshwater biodiversity presenting spatial information and species distribution patterns will be launched on 29th January at the land-mark Water Lives symposium bringing together European Union policy makers and freshwater scientists.

    03.02.2014


  • BION plenary meeting in the BLE

    BION “Biodiversity in Bonn” is a network of actors in Bonn, working on biodiversity issues at a local, regional, national or international level. The IBV of the BLE as a partner of the network recently hosted a BION stakeholder meeting. It focused on the constitution of the eight thematic working groups of BION as well as on the preparation of an International Congress "biodiversity today for tomorrow", that is planned for September 2014 (further information in German only).

    29.01.2014


  • NDR Info to endangered indigenous pig breeds

    The radio broadcast “NDR Info” on 17th January 2014 covered the topic of indigenous pig breeds. For the first time all German indigenous pig breeds are classified as endangered on the Red List of indigenous farm animal breeds. The Information and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity (IBV) of the BLE publishes this list und explains in the broadcast why the numbers of animals have decreased and describes the possibilities for their longtime conservation.

    27.01.2014


  • Vacancy Announcement

    The Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) in Bonn is seeking a senior officer for the Forest Climate Fund. The application deadline is the 11th February, 2014.

    24.01.2014


  • Sessile Oak - Tree of the Year 2014

    For the 26th time a Tree of the Year was acknowledged by the Dr. Silvius Wodarz Stifung in Germany. For 2014, sessile oak (Quercus petraea) was chosen by Germany's Kuratorium "Baum des Jahres". Sessile oak is an indigenous tree species with the highest average life-expectancy: it can survive for more than a thousand years. Sessile oak is an attractive species in forestry, but is also suited for cities and the open countryside. Oak trees are known as veritable sanctuaries for animals as up to 500 different kinds of insects choose oak trees as their homes or food.

    16.01.2014


  • Red List of Indigenous Farm Animal Breeds 2013 published

    In order to inform about the development of the stocks of indigenous farm animal breeds, the BLE publishes the Red List of Indigenous Farm Animal Breeds every few years. The stock numbers of all farm animal breeds in Germany, which are ascertained by the BLE every year, build the basis for that. Based on this foundation, the National Committee on Animal Genetic Resources recommends the classification of the indigenous breeds into endangerment catego-ries. While some success could be achieved within the sheep breeds, there is a negative de-velopment shown within the pig breeds.

    19.12.2013


  • Horizon 2020: Genetic Resources

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    The European Commission has launched a call for proposals under the Research and Innovation Scheme, Horizon 2020, with high relevance for agrobiodivesity. Within the category "Sustainable Food Security", Call H2020-SFS-2014-2/07a-2014 includes a topic on "Traditional resources for agricultural diversity and the food chain" (Deadline 12.03.2014). Call H2020-SFS-2015-2/07b-2015 addresses "Management and sustainable use of of genetic resources" (Deadline 2402.2015).

    12.12.2013


  • CORE-Organic Plus: Call for Pre-Proposals

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    "CORE organic plus" is an ERA‐NET action, that intends to increase cooperation between national research activities for organic food and farming. A call for pre-proposals for transnational reserach has now been published. Four thematic areas are addressed, inter alia functional biodiversity and animal health, including breeding. Deadline for submission is 25 February 2014.

    11.12.2013


  • BMELV and FAO: New Forest Conservation Project

    The Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) started a new forest conservation project to help promote sustainable forest management, especially by smallholders. The main objective of the project is the sustainable management of forested landscapes by smallholders and communities through forest producer organizations.

    11.12.2013


  • The Sturgeon – Fish of the year 2014

    The German Association for Recreational Fishing (DAFV) selected the sturgeon as fish of the year 2013. Populations of the two species European Sturgeon and Atlantic Sturgeon historically found in the German North Sea and Baltic Sea catchment areas. Meanwhile, both species are considered as extinct. Researchers, government agencies, anglers and conservationists working together since the founding of the Save the Sturgeon Society in 1994 to re-establish self-reproducing sturgeon-stocks in German waters.

    09.12.2013


  • Waldfible: New Poster Series

    In addition to the "Waldfible" a new poster series with six characteristic Germany tree species - three coniferous and three deciduous trees- is now available. Introducing site conditions, its importance for the environment, nature, forestry and typical plant and animal species of each habitat. The poster series is available in A1 and A2 and shall be used to directly address the issue of forest at schools, kindergartens or forest education institutions.

    04.12.2013


  • Energy transition and Forest Biodiversity: flagship projects wanted

    The project "Energy Transition and Forest Biodiversity" examines the relationship between fuel wood production and biodiversity. It will help to enhance communication between nature conservation, forestry practice, forest land owners, energy and timber industry. The objectives are recommended actions that promote the constructive coexistence of forest use and nature conservation. Therefore flagship projects that promote biodiversity within a management concept and at the same time produce biomass for energy production within the forest are wanted. Applications will be accepted until 31.01.2014.

    26.11.2013


  • Vacancy Announcement

    The Department of Crop Sciences, Plant Breeding, Section Genetic Resources and Ecological Plant Breeding of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen offers a position as a research assistant (PhD) with 65% of the normal weekly working time (25.87 hours / week), limited for a period of three years. The salary will be paid according to salary group E13 TV-L. Vacancy Announcement

    19.11.2013


  • Agrobiodiversity of grasslands

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    On 12./13th of November, a symposium took place in Berlin, organised by the Information and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity. 100 participants, representing the research sector, policy, administration, and civil society, discussed the possibilities to combine grassland management economically with the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity-rich grasslands. The State Secretary for Agriculture Dr. Kloos appreciated in his speech the work of the Scientific Advisory Board for Biodiversity. He also signalized his support for a national strategy for grasslands.

    19.11.2013


  • Network for the conservation of Rubus

    The German Genebank for Fruits (DGO) has established a Rubus network to ensure long-term conservation of genetic diversity of raspberries and blackberries. The establishment of this network is another step to foster the structure of the DGO and maintain the diversity of native fruit species. The Rubus network combines currently four partners: Julius Kühn-Institut, Federal Plant Variety Office, State Office of Saxony for Environment, Agriculture and Geology and the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE).

    18.11.2013


  • True facts: Sustainable Seafood Week Germany

    Launched on 4 November, MSC Germany’s sustainable seafood week campaign for 2013 is called “In black and white – True facts from the world of sustainable fishing”. From 4 to 8 November 2013, 500 MSC-certified foodservice sites throughout Germany is raising awareness of their MSC-labelled seafood products and telling diners what the blue ecolabel stands for.

    07.11.2013


  • Expert discussion ”Pig breeding for organic farming”

    On 26th and 27th November 2013, the Bund Ökologische Lebensmittelwirtschaft (BÖLW), in cooperation with Ecoland e.V., organizes an expert discussion to the subject “Pig breeding for organic farming” in Schwäbisch-Hall. The main topic of this event is to find chances to include the requirements of organic farming in the mod-ern pig breeding programmes. Representatives from science, breeders associations and practice will speak there. At the end of event there will be a panel discussion.

    30.10.2013


  • Excellent Sturgeon Project - UN Decade of Biodiversity

    The resettlement project for sturgeon was selected in 2007 as a flagship project of the National Biodiversity Strategy of the German Federal Government. Now, the team of the company for rescue of the sturgeon and its partners were awarded a second time.

    29.10.2013


  • Protected Destination of Origin (PDO) for “Weideochse vom Limpurger Rind“

    In the EU Office Journal form 24th September 2013, the inclusion of the “Weideochse vom Limpurger Rind” to the list of Protected Destinations of Origin (PDO) was published. The application for this protection term had been made by the breeding association “Züchtervereinigung Limpurger Rind e.V.”. As a result, production, processing and preparation of foodstuffs, that are produced in a given geographical area, using recognised know-how, are protected. As well, there can be positive effects on the continuity of this breed.

    14.10.2013


  • Initiative „Varieties for Diversity“ presented on the international floor

    In a side event of the 5th Meeting of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in Oman, BMELV and BLE have together with the German Plant Breeders´Association (BDP) presented their joint initiative “Varieties for Diversity”. The Secretary of the International Treaty, Dr. Shakeel Bhatti, appreciated the pathbreaking approach and called for other nations to follow this example.

    02.10.2013


  • International symposium „Improving the environment for the freshwater pearl mussel” in Austria

    On Nov. 13th and 14th renowned scientists from eleven European countries will give lectures on mussel conservation strategies and experiences in catchment area management. On Nov. 15th the interests of regional stakeholders will take centre stage in a German language symposium. Anyone interested in the subject is very welcome to take part.

    30.09.2013


  • PGRDEU 2.0 is launched

    The National Inventory on Plant Genetic Resources in Germany (PGRDEU) is now online in a new and expanded version. For the first time the collections of the German Genebank for Ornamentals and the Genebank for Crop Wild Relatives are searchable as well as substantial data on in situ and on farm occurrences of wild and cultivated plants. PGRDEU is hosted by the Information- and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity at the BLE.

    30.09.2013


  • Scientific Advisory Board for Forest Policy

    With regard to sustainable forest management the Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection will be consulted by the Scientific Advisory Board for Forest Policy. The independent panel of experts will promote the consultations on sustainable forest management and support the federal government in the design and development of a sustainable forest policy in Germany.

    25.09.2013


  • Call: Adaption to climate smart-agriculture

    FACCE-JPI pre-announces the upcoming call for joint European research projects. The call for pre-proposals is expected to open on the 1st of October 2013. The main objective of this call is to support interdisciplinary research and innovative approaches on the adaptation of European agriculture. Different areas are highlighted as key to advancing research in this area eg. genetics and breeding of animals and plants. The call will be an ERA-NET Plus action (Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission).

    19.09.2013


  • Genebank for Generatively Propagated Ornamentals is expanding

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    The expansion of the German genebank ornamental plants is an important objective of the National Programme for the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV). Now to an agreement between the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) and the Federal Office of Plant Varieties (BSA) was signed. Through this framework, the Genebank of ornamental plants now can now be expanded by the acquisition of collection-holding partners and supporting partners.

    10.09.2013


  • Vacancy Announcement

    Bioversity International and the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) are looking for a well qualified Associate Scientist on Cacao Diversity for the Bioversity’s office in Turrialba, Costa Rica.

    30.08.2013


  • Announcement for the support of German Israeli research projects

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    The Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) has published an announcement for the support of German-Israeli research projects. It supports the cooperation and exchange between German and Israeli research institutes in the field of agriculture and food. Applications can be submitted to BLE until 31st of October 2013.

    29.08.2013


  • Vacancy Announcement

    The University of Bonn is seeking a coordinator for the recently founded network for biodiversity in Bonn (BION). The application deadline is the 6th of September, 2013.

    13.08.2013


  • Election of the Forest of the Year 2014

    The Union of German Foresters (Bund Deutscher Forstleute, BdF) opened a public consultation on the Forest of the Year 2014. Four forests have been nominated: Lieberoser Heide, Schönbuch, Steigerwald and Zittauer Gebirge. The internet vote will be opened until 31 August 2013.

    06.08.2013


  • Vacancy Announcement

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    The Global Crop Diversity Trust, located in Bonn, Germany, is seeking an ICT System Administrator. Application requested not later than 30 August 2013.

    30.07.2013


  • Projects for Sustainable Forest Management

    A new newsletter of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) informs about international projects to promote sustainable forest management. To counteract the widespread exploitation of the forests and the conversion of forests to other uses, particularly in the tropics, the BMELV supports projects in cooperation with international organizations and in accordance with the Non legally binding Instrument on all Types of Forests of the United Nations, which objective is to contribute to the management, conservation and sustainable development of forests and to provide for their multiple and complementary functions and uses.

    22.07.2013


  • Waldklimafonds established

    The “Waldklimafonds” (Fund for Forest and Climate) was established by the Federal Government. The aim of the fund is to strengthen the benefits of sustainable forest management, support the necessary adaptation of the German forests to climate change and thus contribute to the overall implementation of the forest policy of the Federal Government.

    05.07.2013


  • EU-Brochure: Preserving genetic resources in agriculture

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    The EU-brochure presents the executive summaries of the 17 actions co-financed by the Community Programme on the conservation, characterisation, collection and utilization of genetic resources in agriculture (2006-2011).

    02.07.2013


  • No patents on animals and plants – Bundestag decides legislative amendment

    On Thursday evening the German Bundestag decided an amendment to the patent law. The amendment concerns conventional breeding proceedings like crossbreeding or selection. The proceedings themselves were anyway protected against patents, the same is now for the products of them. Ilse Aigner, Federal Minister for Agriculture, described the amendment as “important signal against patents on plants and animals”.

    28.06.2013


  • Update of "Waldfibel-App"

    The Waldfibel offers useful information of plant and animal species of the forest and includes an interactive tool to measure tree height and to identify animal sounds. The updated app for iOS, Android and Windows applications as well as a printed brochure is now available to download free of charge. This app is available in German only.

    25.06.2013


  • Establishment of a European Genebank Network for Animal Genetic Resources

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    On 13th/14th June 2013, a workshop on the Establishment of a European Genebank Network for Animal Genetic Resources took place at the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) in Bonn, Germany. 30 participants from 14 European countries discussed inter alia the objectives, tasks and structure of the genebank network, as well as contents of a common Material Transfer Agreement.

    19.06.2013


  • BLE presents film spots on agrobiodiversity: Viel.Vieler.Vielfalt!

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    The Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) presents a serial of film spots on agrobiodiversity. An apple complott, hens named Berta, or fishermans efforts to catch fishes, the spots give an somewhat ironic and surprising insight into the biodiversity for food and agriculture.

    29.05.2013


  • Global Crop Diversity Trust in Bonn

    The official opening of the Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT) in Bonn at its permanent office, took place on May 22 2013. The Crop Trust, previously hosted by the Food and Agri-culture Organization (FAO) and Bioversity International, is now an independent organization. The GCDT supports the conservation and the access to plant genetic resources and contributes to the global food supply. Plant genetic resources are conserved in genbanks all over the world.

    24.05.2013


  • Report of CGRFA 14 available

    The report of the 14th Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, that was held from 15t to 19 April, 2013 is now available in the web.

    15.05.2013


  • The European Collection is growing

    The member states of AEGIS (A European Genebank Integrated System) has accepted long-term conservation responsibilities for these accessions in accordance with agreed standards and will make them readily available under the terms and conditions of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement. Following the recent offer of accessions to AEGIS by Germany and The Netherlands the Working Groups have endorsed inclusion of 11,524 accessions that are now formally part of the European Collection.

    06.05.2013


  • Biopatent-Monitoring presented on symposium

    On 24th and 25th April the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Costumer Protection (BMELV) held a symposium on “Biopatents and agriculture – how does that work?” The meeting focused on the question how to arrange property rights on innovations in plant and animal breeding without hindering access to genetic resources. To observe and to analyze biopatents in agriculture the BMELV established a biopatent-monitoring system. The IBV of the BLE is responsible for the monitoring in the field of farm animals and for the overall coordination of the monitoring. (Further information in german only)

    03.05.2013


  • Aquaculture expert forum - The German Agricultural Research Alliance (DAFA) presented the draft strategy

    The German Agricultural Research Alliance (DAFA) has established a technical forum aquaculture, which is currently working on a research strategy with the aim to lay a scientific base for the successful development of aquaculture in Germany. With the current release of the draft research strategy public discussion is initiated, which has the aim to improve the draft. An important milestone in this regard will be an aquaculture expert forum will be held on 10th and 11th June in Hanover. Interested parties are invited to submit written suggestions as possible until the end of May to the office of the DAFA and participate in the meeting.

    30.04.2013


  • 14th Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

    The fourteenth session of the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 14) was held from 15-19 April 2013, in Rome, Italy. It aimed to adopt a strategic plan 2014-2021 including inter alia the preparation of a State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture. Conservation and sustainable use of the diversity of genetic resources for food and agriculture is of major importance for mitigation of and adaptation on climate change as well as for food and nutrition security.

    19.04.2013


  • Rare Tree Species in Germany

    On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food carried out a project to preserve genetic resources of ten rare and endangered tree species (Wild Pear, Wild Apple, Field Maple, Common Yew, Wild Service Tree, Service Tree, Downy Oak, Wild Cherry, Grey Alder and Green Alder) in Germany using a standardized survey methodology.

    16.04.2013


  • Symposium "Biopatents and agriculture - how does that work?"

    Logo Federal Office for Agriculture and Food

    The Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Costumer Protection (BMELV) presents at a symposium on 24th and 25th April 2013 its biopatent watch. This biopatent watch collects and analyze the biopatents, which are relevant to agriculture. The Federal Office for Agriculture and Food is coordinating the biopatent watch and performs patent research for the field of animal production / breeding. The field of plant breeding is monitored by the Bundessortenamt. Furthermore, the results of the BMELV project "Biopatents in animal breeding" will be presented. The project analyzes and discusses the impact of biopatenting on animal breeding and the need for sui generis rights.

    21.03.2013


  • Forest of the Year 2013 – the Solling

    The Solling was chosen as Forest of the Year 2013 by an online voting on behalf of the Union of German Foresters (Bund Deutscher Forstleute BDF). The Solling is a sparsely populated mountainous area in northwestern Germany. It is one of the largest coherent mixed forest areas in Lower Saxony. The chosen forest documents the exemplary fulfilment of all requirements of society and nature as well as the efforts of the foresters in a sustainably managed ecosystem.

    20.03.2013


  • ECPGR-Secretariat moves to Germany

    After 30 years, in which the European Cooperative Programme on Plant Genetic Resources (ECPGR) was localized at Bioversity International, an European call was conducted to find a new host. The decision is fallen now: The secretariat will be located at the Global Crop Diversity Trust in Bonn and the European Search Catalogue EURISCO at the IPK in Gatersleben.

    19.03.2013


  • Call for wheat breeding projects

    The innovation program aims to support technical and non-technical innovations in Germany in the areas of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. Funds are available for projects that allow to develop site-adapted, stress tolerant wheat genotypes with significant improvements in yield, quality and yield stability.

    12.03.2013


  • Report about the layout of edges of forests

    Upon successful conclusion of the model and demonstration project "Mittelwaldähnliche Waldrandgestaltung" funded by the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food, the project report and the executive summary are now available (German only). It is shown that "Mittelwälder" play an important role to maintain biodiversity in Central European forests. By skillfully combining today's use and the historical forms of use, even for declining tree and shrub species, a long term conservation can be archived on larger areas.

    11.03.2013


  • Network of plant collections awarded as UN-Decade-Project

    The Network of Plant Collections, a project of the German Horticultural Society 1822 e.V. (DGG), was awarded on 26th February 2013 as an official project of the UN Decade for Bio-logical Diversity, in the course of the Parliamentary Evening of the DGG. The award was presented by permanent secretary Peter Bleser on behalf of the agency of the UN Decade. This distinction is awarded to projects that are worthy for imitation for the conservation of biological diversity

    04.03.2013


  • LIFE+ - call for applications

    LIFE+ is a EU support programme for projects in the areas of nature & biodiversity, environment policy & governance and information & communication. The deadline for applicants to submit proposals to Member State authorities via eProposal is 25/06/2013. More informations can be found at the LIFE-Website.

    01.03.2013


  • International Plant Breeding Congress

    The International Plant Breeding Congress will takes place from 10-14 November 2013 in Antalya, Turkey. The congress will cover the subjects conventional breeding, molecular genetics and biotechnology, genetic engineering and genomics and genetic resources for pre-breeding.

    19.02.2013


  • EU-Project for the Improvement of Seed Quality

    Scientists in Europe are searching for new approachs for the improvement of seed quality of crop- and wild plants. The joint research project is called EcoSeed and is coordinated by the University of Innsbruck. It is to settle, which impacts has the climate change caused dryness- and heat stress of the mother plants on germination capacity, longevity, dormancy and impetus.

    18.02.2013


  • New agreement brings stability to world's genebanks

    The Global Crop Diversity Trust and the CGIAR Consortium (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) announced a new agreement which will bring financial stability to 11 international genebanks of the CGIAR. The agreement provides US$109 million (with more than 87% contribution from the CGIAR Fund) to provide support for the maintenance of 706,000 samples of crop, forage and agroforestry resources held in genebanks at 11 CGIAR research centers around the world.

    12.02.2013


  • Survey of Plants

    BMBF launched today the official start of the German Plant-Phenotyping-Network (DPPN). The network consisting of the Research Centre Jülich (FZJ), the Leibniz-Institute for Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research in Gatersleben (IPK) and the Helmholtz Centre Munich (HMGU) will developing technological basis informations for the fast growing research field of plant-phenotyping. The project will be funded with around 35 Mill. Euro from the Ministry for Research.

    05.02.2013


  • Advisory Board presents position paper on ecological priority areas

    During the International Green week at Berlin, Prof. Gerowitt, chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for Biodiversity and Genetic Resources at the Federal Agricultural Ministry, handed over the new position paper on the refinement of ecological priority areas to the State Secretary Dr Kloos. With a view to the current discussions on “Greening the Common Agricultural Policy” the paper analyses the importance of ecological priority areas for biodiversity and it provides recommendations for their design and management.

    28.01.2013


  • Vacancy

    FAO is searching a Senior Policy Officer for Plant Genetic Resources for the Plant Production and Protection Division. Deadline for Application is on 12 February 2013.

    28.01.2013


  • Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services starts in Bonn

    The first meeting of the Platform's Plenary (IPBES-1) was held in Bonn, Germany from 21 to 26 January 2013. The aim of the meeting was to create clear stuctures and to agree on the rules of procedures for the future work of the platform. Like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) the main task of IPBES will be to make available the knowledge concerning biodiversity conservation. The new Platform is based in Bonn.

    28.01.2013


  • Vacancy

    The Information and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity at the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food in Bonn offers a position in the field of animal genetic resources. Deadline for application: 11 February 2013. More information in German only. go to weblink

    24.01.2013


  • Diversity of wild fruit species in Saxony

    The model and demonstration project "Conservation of Intraspecific Diversity of Native Wild Fruit Species in Saxony" which is funded by BMELV via BLE, is focused on the long-term conservation of rare and native wild fruit trees and shrubs in Saxony. For five wild fruit species (wild apple, wild pear, rowan, mountain currant and juniper) the occurrence will be investigated and statements about their genetic diversity will be made. The project results shall be later applied to other, rare varieties of wild fruit species.

    10.01.2013


  • Crabapple - Tree of the Year 2013

    For the 25th time a Tree of the Year was acknowledged by the Dr. Silvius Wodarz Stifung in Germany. For 2013, the crabapple (Malus sylvestris) was chosen by Germany's Kuratorium "Baum des Jahres" and named Tree of the Year. Malus sylvestris means "forest apple" and is the true wild European crabapple. It is native to most of Europe, commonly found in hedges and edges of woodland. In general terms, Malus sylvestris is a very rare wild fruit tree with small, hard fruits.

    03.01.2013


  • Second National Programme launched now

    The first National Programme for Genetic Resources of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops was launched in 2002 and was an important step in the direction of a sustainable and efficient system for the conservation and use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture in Germany. After 10 years the time has come to adapt the programme to new tasks and challenges. Therefore, the Advisory and Coordinating Committee for Agricultural and Horticultural Crops (BEKO) prepared an updated version of the National Programme, which is launched now.

    03.12.2012


  • German carp granted protected EU status

    The Aischgründer Karpfen carp from the German region of Bavaria has been added to the EU's register of geographical indication (GI) products. Relatively warm weather and a high level of fertility in ponds in the Aishgrund area gives the carp a higher back than usual. Feed consumed by the firm but tender fish must also only derive from arable crops and contributes to its low fat content.

    28.11.2012


  • The Trout– Fish of the year 2013

    The Trout (Salmo trutta) was selected as fish of the year 2013 from the German and Austrian organisations „Verband Deutscher Sportfischer“ (VDSF), „Österreichisches Kuratorium für Fischerei und Gewässerschutz“ (ÖKF), „Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN)“ and „Verband Deutscher Sporttaucher“ (VDST). The Trout is one of the most familiar and widely distributed freshwater fish. Salmo trutta exhibits considerable morphological diversity and life-history variation, including specializations for anadromous, fluviatile, and lacustrine modes of life. The habitats of all ecotypes of Salmo trutta are threatened by systematic river training and other adverse impacts.

    26.11.2012


  • Germany is planning Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica

    The Federal Republic of Germany take over the preparation for the establishment of marine protected areas in the Weddellsea on behalf of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Living Resources (CCAMLR). The Commission, composed of 24 Member States and the European Union develops currently in a multi-year process, the scientific basis for a representative network of marine protected areas in the Antarctic Ocean.

    31.10.2012


  • Vacancy

    The Information and Coordination Centre for Biological Diversity at the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food in Bonn offers a position in the field of animal genetic resources. Deadline for application: 19 November 2012. More information in German only.

    31.10.2012