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30 03, 2018

Fruit DNA Identification Scheme 2018

2018-03-30T09:57:26+00:00March 30th, 2018|Life on the Farm, Research & Conservation|0 Comments

Historically fruit identification has involved visually eye balling a fruit and trying to determine its identity from this. As there are 000's of varieties this is an error prone process and is largely dependent on the level of expertise of the identifier. Advances with DNA fingerprinting now allows us to identify fruits more quickly and more [...]

26 03, 2018

The Sozo Exchange continues.

2018-03-26T12:21:16+00:00March 26th, 2018|Life on the Farm, Research & Conservation|0 Comments

The Sozo Foundation​ is based in Vrygrond, Cape Town, where 80% of low-income households are food insecure. To help combat this the "Eden" program was designed to help communities address these levels of food insecurity. Last year Francisca came to Irish Seed Savers as part of the program to learn about our community work and [...]

1 11, 2011

Ban fracking in Ireland

2011-11-01T12:38:10+00:00November 1st, 2011|Research & Conservation|0 Comments

The Irish government are allowing gas companies to test for possible locations for "fracking" operations in the west of Ireland. Fracking is fracturing of underground shale beds by high-pressure water. It involves disruption of rock causing earth tremors and toxic chemicals are used which then seep into water courses or are released into the atmosphere. [...]

18 08, 2011


2011-08-18T11:23:48+00:00August 18th, 2011|Research & Conservation|0 Comments

Please see the attached WORD article from Italy's national newspaper LaStampa. A Turin magistrate has had senior managers from Bayer and Syngenta charged with spreading chemicals (Clothianidin) that kill bees - on the grounds that this threatens the national economy of Italy. He has already ruled that they are 'culpable' - i.e. they have to [...]

29 06, 2011

Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Produce Teratogenic Effects on Vertebrates by Impairing Retinoic Acid Signaling

2011-06-29T09:17:46+00:00June 29th, 2011|Research & Conservation|0 Comments

Alejandra Paganelli, Victoria Gnazzo, Helena Acosta, Silvia L. Lpez, and Andrs E. Carrasco* Laboratorio de Embriologa Molecular, CONICET-UBA, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Paraguay 2155, 3° piso (1121), Ciudad Autnoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina Chem. Res. Toxicol., 2010, 23 (10), pp 1586–1595 DOI: 10.1021/tx1001749 Publication Date (Web): August 9, 2010 Copyright © 2010 American Chemical Society [...]

23 05, 2011

Delivery of Graft Request – 3

2011-05-23T12:19:49+00:00May 23rd, 2011|Research & Conservation|0 Comments

If the young grafted tree: Flowers or begins to form fruit… The same caution still applies to your young tree: Do not handle the upper portion of the tree above the graft union, it is still too weak and vulnerable. The below photo sequence should provide a useful guide: Pinch out all flower buds as [...]

18 05, 2011

Pat Malone – A member of the ‘land use’ group, talks about his involvement in the first eco village in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary (recorded on 25th May 2008 – Biodiversity show day):

2011-05-18T13:31:11+00:00May 18th, 2011|Research & Conservation|0 Comments

Basically, I’ve been a commercial grower myself and have spent ten years battling with hybrid varieties, trying to make sense of growing food and the battle of producing food. Irish Seed Savers have opened my eyes.  They are here collecting all these varieties. Why would they bother their hat? How long does it take to [...]

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