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Crop wild relatives of the United States require urgent conservation action

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, December 2020
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Title
Crop wild relatives of the United States require urgent conservation action
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, December 2020
DOI 10.1073/pnas.2007029117
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Authors

Colin K. Khoury, Daniel Carver, Stephanie L. Greene, Karen A. Williams, Harold A. Achicanoy, Melanie Schori, Blanca León, John H. Wiersema, Anne Frances

Abstract

The contributions of crop wild relatives (CWR) to food security depend on their conservation and accessibility for use. The United States contains a diverse native flora of CWR, including those of important cereal, fruit, nut, oil, pulse, root and tuber, and vegetable crops, which may be threatened in their natural habitats and underrepresented in plant conservation repositories. To determine conservation priorities for these plants, we developed a national inventory, compiled occurrence information, modeled potential distributions, and conducted threat assessments and conservation gap analyses for 600 native taxa. We found that 7.1% of the taxa may be critically endangered in their natural habitats, 50% may be endangered, and 28% may be vulnerable. We categorized 58.8% of the taxa as of urgent priority for further action, 37% as high priority, and 4.2% as medium priority. Major ex situ conservation gaps were identified for 93.3% of the wild relatives (categorized as urgent or high priority), with 83 taxa absent from conservation repositories, while 93.1% of the plants were equivalently prioritized for further habitat protection. Various taxonomic richness hotspots across the US represent focal regions for further conservation action. Related needs include facilitating greater access to and characterization of these cultural-genetic-natural resources and raising public awareness of their existence, value, and plight.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 84 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 19%
Researcher 15 18%
Student > Master 8 10%
Student > Bachelor 7 8%
Other 6 7%
Other 12 14%
Unknown 20 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 34 40%
Environmental Science 12 14%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 4 5%
Social Sciences 4 5%
Engineering 2 2%
Other 5 6%
Unknown 23 27%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 672. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 16 September 2022.
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#771
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