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The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project: Prong 2 – Re-Designing Education for Agricultural Students and their Teachers (Part II)


Prong 2 – Re-Designing Education for Agricultural Students and their Teachers (Part II) Prof. Gregory Radick “Genes, environments, and variability” genetics teaching: There is, fortunately, another way. For some while, PI Radick, as a historian of science, has been re-examining the debate that broke out over Mendel’s experiments after the 1900 rediscovery of his paper on them.[1] The debate was most intense between the Cambridge-based William Bateson, who did more than anyone to promote Mendel’s work as the foundation for…


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The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project: Prong 2 – Re-Designing Education for Agricultural Students and their Teachers (Part I)


In the next (four-part) post in the ongoing blog post series on The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project), Prof. Gregory Radick provides an overview of the educationally focused “second prong” of the position paper’s three-prong approach. He discusses the need to redesign elements of agricultural training to ensure a better fit with the goal of greater sustainability, looking in particular at how his historical research into the organization of knowledge in two areas — Mendelian genetics and intellectual property — has…


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“A Sherlockian Venture”: The Delhi High Court Shuts Down (Genuine?) E-Commerce Sales Unauthorized by Trade Mark Claimants


We’re pleased to bring to you a guest post by Eashan Ghosh on the recent Delhi High Court decision restraining various e-commerce platforms (including Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal) from enabling sale of products of ‘direct selling’ companies without their consent. Eashan has been in practice as an intellectual property advocate and consultant in New Delhi since 2011, and teaches a seminar on intellectual property law at National Law University, Delhi. Eashan writes about Indian intellectual property law, including a monthly…


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The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project: Varieties Are The Rice Of Life


The first farmer story by Natalie Kopytko, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Leeds (in the ongoing blog post series on The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project) demonstrated how traditional knowledge can be applied in new innovative ways and that farmers are unable to financially benefit despite Geographical Indications. This second story demonstrates how traditional ecological knowledge, specifically seed selection in Assam, led to the wide range of rice varieties cultivated today. These stories provide clear examples of the achievements of innovative…


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The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project: Agrobiodiversity Provides a Golden Opportunity


In the next two posts in the ongoing blog post series on The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project, Natalie Kopytko, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, University of Leeds brings us two farmer stories. These stories provide clear examples of the achievements of innovative farmers and the challenges they face. This first story demonstrates how traditional knowledge can be applied in new innovative ways. At the same time, the story demonstrates that farmers are unable to financially benefit despite Geographical Indications. Agrobiodiversity Provides a…


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The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project: Prong 1-Revival of Traditional Ecological Knowledge Based Farming Systems (Part II)


Prong 1- Revival of Traditional Ecological Knowledge Based Farming Systems: Traditional Knowledge through the Lens of Modern Scientific Research (Part II)  Julia Köningera*, Jasper Matthiessenb*, Mrinalini Kochupillaic, Prabhakar Raod# Traditional Knowledge Meets Modern Science After decades of focusing on chemical intensive, uniform/standardized farming, the modern understanding of efficient and sustainable farming is presently shifting away from artificial fertilizer and pesticide driven monoculture towards more traditional methods and practices of cultivation. Commonly known among these, are practices of mulching, low tillage,…


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The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project: Prong 1-Revival of Traditional Ecological Knowledge Based Farming Systems (Part I)


We’re pleased to bring to you the sixth post in the blog post series on The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project that we had launched last month.  In the last post, Mrinalini Kochupillai, Project co-investigator and lead author of the Position Paper had given a compact description of the state of affairs that makes a three pronged approach for promoting sustainable seed innovations, necessary. This two-part post gives a description and thoroughly researched explanation and rationale of the first prong. Here…


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Accomplishing Sustainable Seed Innovations: Why is a Three-Pronged Approach Needed?


After several introductory and background posts, as well as a comprehensive summary of the SSI 1.0 project, we now get to the real substance of the Sustainable Seed Innovation 2.0. From this post onwards, we will be posting spicy pieces of the Position Paper that will go to the Government of India, bit by bit. If you have missed this series of posts so far, now is the time to jump in with your comments and recommendations and contribute to…


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The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project: A Trip Down Memory Lane


We’re pleased to bring to you the fourth post in the blog post series on The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project that we had launched two weeks ago. The Sustainable Seed Innovations 2.0 Project has a longer history than what was detailed in the Background post. In this post, Mrinalini Kochupillai, Project co-Investigator and lead author of the position paper, explains how the research idea evolved from an individual multi-disciplinary Ph.D. project to an international collaboration. The Sustainable Seed Innovations Project:…


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Curiouser and Curiouser: The Delhi High Court Whitewashes an Infirm IPAB and Rules that a Plant Variety is a Patent..and Perhaps Even a Trademark!


We bring you a guest post from the prolific Prashant Reddy, who has had to take a break away from regular blogging at SpicyIP since he now heads the judicial reforms team at Vidhi. Fortunately, we managed to persuade him to pen a guest post on this rather curious decision, where a judge of the Delhi High Court has effectively ruled that an “expert” IP tribunal that lacks the alleged “expertise” can still decide IP disputes. In his inimitable style,…


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