Monthly Archives: May 2014

ABD guide to origins of bread wheat. by Andrew Ormerod

Imagine bread wheat is built up of building blocks of genetic information, inherited from three ancestors, known as ‘Genomes’.  Two building blocks known as the A and B genome were inherited following a chance hybridization between an ancestral wheat, Einkorn … Continue reading

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Dynamics of Diet and Food Security in the Mediterranean ‘in the middle of the land’

In the Middle of disparate land The Mediterranean – means ‘In the Middle of the Land’ – and the sea is a geographical link between countries bordering it that differ markedly in terms of style of governance, affluence, culture and religion. … Continue reading

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Dionysus’s gift – the noble grape by Andrew Ormerod

Many of the classic grape vines have long and colourful pasts, rather like the Greek God of Wine Dionysus.  Though their histories are often a combination of fact and fiction, in some cases the cultivars stretch almost to the time … Continue reading

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Where do Crop Plants Come from by Andrew Ormerod

Plants which are now important to man in one part of the world in some cases have traveled 1000 of miles from where they were first domesticated. This has partly arisen due to demographic differences around the world and sometimes … Continue reading

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Aljezur Sweet Potato production in the Algarve, Portugal By Andrew Ormerod Terra Madre (2006)

In our area there is a network of canals, we exploit rain water and canals our soil is very sandy.  We have cultivated sweet potatoes for the last 4-5 centuries.  We started to grow this sort because it is drought … Continue reading

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Building a hemp and lime dwarf wall for a conservatory by Andrew Ormerod

Having learned, in 2002, about how to mix and use hemp and lime as a breathable material for building walls I decided to use the technique on a dwarf wall underneath a wooden conservatory.   The method and materials were … Continue reading

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Building a biocomposite boat by Andrew OrmerodI

When investigating the use of biobased materials I was interested in getting first hand experience of their merits – partly in relation to application, development and commercialisation of products. I was particularly keen to try a locally marketed UV-cured plant … Continue reading

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