Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change: Collecting, Protecting and Preparing Crop Wild Relatives CWR

The objective of the Project ¬ďAdapting Agriculture to Climate Change: Collecting, Protecting and Preparing Crop Wild Relatives is to collect many of the most important species of crop wild relatives, ensure their long-term conservation, and facilitate their use in breeding new, improved crops. This is planned as a ten-year project, supported by the Government of Norway.

Why it matters

Crop wild relatives contain an incredible amount of genetic diversity, usually much more than is found in the crops to which they are related, and as a group represent an invaluable resource for crop improvement.

Many of their unique characteristics show particular promise for helping to adapt agricultural systems to climate change. For example, many crop wild relatives are drought-tolerant, as is the wild barley species Hordeum spontaneum.

General information

3,049 Accessions in Genesys:
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Most represented Crops

Barley
36
Wheat
32
Grass pea
28
Banana
13
Beans
11
Not specified
2,929

Most represented Genera

376
356
310
257
224
Other
1,526

Most represented Species

Vicia sativa
109
Sorghum arundinaceum
85
Daucus carota
83
Avena barbata
73
Cenchrus americanus
69
Other
2,630

Country of origin

382
363
335
288
196
179
168
153
149
113
58
28
20
Not specified
29