Yes, You Can Help Document (and Save) Our Agricultural Biodiversity!

Yes, You Can Help Document (and Save) Our Agricultural Biodiversity!

How can you and your garden help us find out more about the global biodiversity associated with the plants in gardens? One way is to participate in agricultural citizen science projects being started by a group of scientists at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

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Identifying Brassicas Species by Seed…and the ‘Turnabaga’ Extinction

Identifying Brassicas Species by Seed…and the ‘Turnabaga’ Extinction

At Seed Savers we sometimes jokingly referred to our collection of 103 turnips and 81 rutabagas as “turnabagas.” Confusion reigns over these crop types, owing to the fact that in the United Kingdom, a common name for rutabaga is “Swedish turnip.” Botanically, however, rutabagas and turnips are different species, Brassica napus and Brassica rapa, respectively, and will not cross-pollinate.

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