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.
Reporters for The Economist write about banks all the time – but usually focus on the ones that are stuffed with money. This week, however, in an article titled Banks for bean counters, the heavyweight news magazine puts the spotlight on seed banks and their vital role in combating global hunger.
Laura Marek and Gerald Seiler were recently featured in an article on the excitement of collecting wild sunflowers in Modern Farmer.
Genome Canada has announced the fantastic news that two of our Project pre-breeding partners, the Rieseberg Lab at the University of British Columbia and the Pulse Crop Research Group at the University of Saskatchewan have won two significant grants as part of the Agricultural Genomics competition. The sum of 7.9 Million CAD has been awarded […]