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Thursday, January 24

Christian Science Monitor Tubers' cultural roots drying out in Peru: "As a result, Peru is draining a gene pool of potatoes that one day may play a crucial role in breeding. Equally troubling, it's deflating, bit by bit, mountain traditions that have lasted millennia. Researchers are trying to reverse the decline, but their success may depend on consumers rather than farmers. So far, the prognosis isn't good." Genetic diversity has been under threat from modern breeds and consumer habits.



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