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Global conservation priorities for crop wild relatives

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Plants, March 2016
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Global conservation priorities for crop wild relatives
Published in
Nature Plants, March 2016
DOI 10.1038/nplants.2016.22
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Nora P. Castañeda-Álvarez, Harold A. Achicanoy, Vivian Bernau, Hannes Dempewolf, Ruth J. Eastwood, Luigi Guarino, Ruth H. Harker, Andy Jarvis, Nigel Maxted, Jonas V. Müller, Julian Ramirez-Villegas, Chrystian C. Sosa, Paul C. Struik, Holly Vincent, Jane Toll, Colin K. Khoury, Castañeda Alvarez, Nora Patricia, Khoury, Colin K., Achicanoy, Harold, Bernau, Vivian, Dempewolf, Hannes, Eastwood, Ruth J., Guarino, Luigi, Harker, Ruth H., Jarvis, Andy, Maxted, Nigel, Müller, Jonas V., Ramirez-Villegas, Julian, Sosa, Chrystian, Struik, Paul C., Vincent, Holly, Toll, Jane, Castañeda-Álvarez, Nora P, Khoury, Colin K, Achicanoy, Harold A, Eastwood, Ruth J, Harker, Ruth H, Müller, Jonas V, Sosa, Chrystian C, Struik, Paul C, Castañeda-Álvarez, Nora P., Achicanoy, Harold A., Sosa, Chrystian C.


The wild relatives of domesticated crops possess genetic diversity useful for developing more productive, nutritious and resilient crop varieties. However, their conservation status and availability for utilization are a concern, and have not been quantified globally. Here, we model the global distribution of 1,076 taxa related to 81 crops, using occurrence information collected from biodiversity, herbarium and gene bank databases. We compare the potential geographic and ecological diversity encompassed in these distributions with that currently accessible in gene banks, as a means to estimate the comprehensiveness of the conservation of genetic diversity. Our results indicate that the diversity of crop wild relatives is poorly represented in gene banks. For 313 (29.1% of total) taxa associated with 63 crops, no germplasm accessions exist, and a further 257 (23.9%) are represented by fewer than ten accessions. Over 70% of taxa are identified as high priority for further collecting in order to improve their representation in gene banks, and over 95% are insufficiently represented in regard to the full range of geographic and ecological variation in their native distributions. The most critical collecting gaps occur in the Mediterranean and the Near East, western and southern Europe, Southeast and East Asia, and South America. We conclude that a systematic effort is needed to improve the conservation and availability of crop wild relatives for use in plant breeding.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 2 1%
Mexico 2 1%
Netherlands 2 1%
United Kingdom 2 1%
United States 2 1%
Colombia 2 1%
Chile 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Denmark 1 <1%
Other 4 3%
Unknown 124 87%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 41 29%
Researcher 36 25%
Student > Master 21 15%
Student > Bachelor 11 8%
Professor > Associate Professor 9 6%
Other 25 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 102 71%
Environmental Science 18 13%
Unspecified 11 8%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 4 3%
Social Sciences 4 3%
Other 4 3%

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