Crop wild relatives: A manual of in situ conservation

Crop wild relatives (CWR) – plant species that are related to crops – provide a vital pool of genetic variation that can be used in breeding new and better-adapted varieties of crops. These varieties may be resistant to stress, disease, drought and other factors. This book captures the important practical experiences of countries participating in recent research on the topic, and describes them for the wider conservation community. Illustrated by case-studies from four geographical regions, this detailed and comprehensive manual provides relevant information and guidance for the scaling-up of actions targeting CWR conservation around the world.