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Towards a definition of a crop wild relative

Maxted, N., Ford-Lloyd, B.V., Jury, S.L., Kell, S. and Scholten, M. (2006) Towards a definition of a crop wild relative. Biodiversity and Conservation, 15 (8). 2673--2685. ISSN 0960-3115

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1007/s10531-005-5409-6

Abstract/Summary

Crop wild relatives are an important socio-economic resource that is currently being eroded or even extinguished through careless human activities. If the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the CBD 2010 Biodiversity Target of achieving a significant reduction in the current rate of loss is to be achieved, we must first define what crop wild relatives are and how their conservation might be prioritised. A definition of a crop wild relative is proposed and illustrated in the light of previous Gene Pool concept theory. Where crossing and genetic diversity information is unavailable, the Taxon Group concept is introduced to assist recognition of the degree of crop wild relative relatedness by using the existing taxonomic hierarchy.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
ID Code:10194
Uncontrolled Keywords:Crop wild relative , Definition , Gene pools , Plant genetic resources , Taxon groups

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