Free and Open Source Agriculture

A recent news published online by The Wall Street journal about  the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) offer of germplasm from its massive seed gene bank at National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) to multinational corporations (MNCs) in exchange for expertise and a share of the profits made me to put forth before you …

2012 Victoria Fellowships Open for Expanded Prestigious Science Awards

Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher today announced applications are now open for the 2012 Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation, and the 2012 Victoria Fellowships. Ms Asher said the Victorian Coalition Government was committed to supporting discovery and development in research and innovation, and had doubled the number of Victoria Prize …

Sensitizing National Agricultural Research System on Free Open Source Software

The food grain production in India is reaching an all-time record of 252.56 million tonnes for the year 2011-12. However, as per the report of Sainath (2012) the daily per capita availability of food grains has fallen from 474.9 grams during 1992-96 to 440.4 grams during 2007-2010. This needs a great attention as the population …

No Place to Go But Up

ad•ap•ta•tion [ad-uhp-tey-shuhn] – a form or structure to fit a changed environment “The most powerful natural species are those that adapt to environmental change without losing their fundamental identity which gives them their competitive advantage.” – Charles Darwin A few weeks ago, I stepped out on a drizzly, dreary Friday morning in Brooklyn, NY, headed to the …