Crop wild relatives Crop wild relatives

Crop wild relatives

  • January 16, 2012 7:46 am
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The wild relatives of our crops have contributed essential traits that support resilient and productive agricultural production.

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Climate change Climate change

Climate change

Climate change is impacting agriculture with increasing temperatures, more variable precipitation, and new pest and disease pressures.

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Biodiversity conservation Biodiversity conservation

Biodiversity conservation

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.

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Breeding adapted crops Breeding adapted crops

Breeding adapted crops

Breeding crops that are productive in changing environments necessitates that wide diversity is conserved and accessible for research.

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Supporting food security Supporting food security

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.

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Why crop wild relatives and climate change

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.

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Helpful Heritage: Wild Relatives Equip Eggplant for Climate Challenge

Helpful Heritage: Wild Relatives Equip Eggplant for Climate Challenge

Dr. Jaime Prohens from the Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain) explains why crop wild relatives could play a major role in eggplant pre-breeding as a potential answer to climate change.  He is the lead investigator in one of the nine pre-breeding activities currently underway in the project “Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change: Collecting, Protecting and […]

CIAT Research Phase Update

Colin Khoury, Visiting Research Scientist at International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) discusses the depth of the research phase in understanding the collection, conservation and breeding phases of the crop wild relatives project and the elements it involved.  It took a full four years to answer some seemingly innocent questions that guide the collecting, conservation, […]

Malaysia, Nepal and Ghana visits

Malaysia, Nepal and Ghana visits

MARDI (Malaysia) and NARC (Nepal)  Jonas Mueller (Senior Research Leader for Seed Conservation at the MSB, Kew) and Alicky Davey, (Crop Wild Relatives Country Programme Officer) visited the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) and the Nepalese National Agricultural Genetic Resources Centre (NARC) at the end of last year as part of ongoing negotiations with […]