Crop wild relatives
The wild relatives of our crops have contributed essential traits that support resilient and productive agricultural production.read more
Climate change is impacting agriculture with increasing temperatures, more variable precipitation, and new pest and disease pressures.read more
The world’s plants are under pressure, and crop wild relatives are no exception. There is an urgent need to collect diversity and conserve it for the long-term.read more
Breeding adapted crops
Breeding crops that are productive in changing environments necessitates that wide diversity is conserved and accessible for research.read more
Supporting food security
Diversity provides the foundation for food security, underpinning today’s agriculture and providing the raw material needed for ensuring sustainable future production.read more
Why crop wild relatives and climate change
Adapting agriculture to climate change is one of the most urgent challenges of our time, necessary to ensure that the crops that feed humanity are able to thrive in new climates with changing pest and disease pressures. New crop varieties that are productive under such changes are needed, and to breed these varieties, crop genetic diversity must be conserved and available to plant breeders. An enormously diverse and largely untapped source of this raw material for crop improvement is the wild relatives of our crops. Many crop wild relative species remain uncollected, and therefore unevaluated and unavailable to plant breeders and thus to farmers, and a number of these are at risk of extinction. This website aims to be a resource for those interested in collecting, conserving and using these invaluable resources in the context of adapting agriculture to climate change. We hope it will encourage others to join the race to safeguard and to use crop wild relatives.
There is a pressing need for agriculture to adapt to climate change, and learning more about wild relatives of crop plants could help us achieve this. Laura Jennings Collecting Guide Complier for the Crop Wild Relative (CWR) project describes how collecting guides produced by Kew help make seed-collecting fieldwork as productive as possible. If you [...]
Capacity Building of Collecting and Long-Term Conservation of Crop Wild Relative Seeds: The Uganda Training Course 2014.
This course kicked off the African regional work within the project and is part of a new capacity building effort designed to focus on the collection and conservation of crop wild relatives.
The Crop Wild Relatives team has been busy over the past few months, check out what we’ve been up to in our short news. Science Uncovered Event Dr. Ruth Eastwood (Project Coordinator) and Danielle Haddad (Communications Assistant) attended the popular Science Uncovered event at the Natural History Museum on Friday 26th September 2014. The event [...]