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
2,920

Most represented Genera

381
356
311
257
216
Other
1,519

Most represented Species

Sorghum arundinaceum
122
Vicia sativa
112
Daucus carota
82
Avena barbata
69
Hordeum murinum
65
Other
2,590

Country of origin

382
363
334
288
196
179
168
153
149
112
57
23
20
Not specified
28