Ecosystem Services of Crop Wild Relatives and Landraces
1. Introduction & Objectives
The introduction of increasingly genetically uniform crop varieties has resulted in a decline of genetic variation worldwide. However, novel genetic diversity can still be found in crop wild relatives (CWR) and landraces (LR). Many CWR and LR are threatened or endangered by changing and intensifying land use and agricultural practices, among other factors. This makes in situ and complementary ex situ conservation of CWR and LR essential for the preservation of their gene pool and to make sure that these diversity is available for use. In situ conservation is important as it facilitates gene flow between species and populations while enabling them to adapt to environmental- and climatic changes.
The Task Force on Agrobiodiversity (TFA) aims to enhance the conservation and sustainable utilization of CWR and LR through valuation of all the services they provide and the development of effective ecosystem services approaches to their conservation. Click here to read more.
The TFA has three primary objectives:
- Assign the value of CWR and LR and develop ecosystem-based approaches for the conservation and sustainable use of CWR and LR.
- Build capacity for ecosystem services approaches to the conservation and sustainable use of CWR and LR in the (scientific) community by training staff/students.
- Communication with policy-makers, NGOs, the private sector and the general public to create awareness and support.
2. Lead Team & Members
- Nigel Maxted, University of Birmingham, UK
- Joana Magos Brehm, University of Birmingham, UK
- Shelagh Kell, University of Birmingham, UK
- Tim Vaessen, Wageningen University, NL
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Lead team, please contact the current lead team members.
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3. More Information
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