Importance of Crop Wild Relatives

Allium pskemense B. Fedtsch. in Uzbekistan.

Watch a video at Vimeo about the importance of crop wild relatives.

Crop wild relatives are the unrecognized and often unnoticed backbone of plant breeding programmes.  Toby Hodgkin, Principal Scientist at Bioversity, explains the significance of crop wild relatives and the struggle to conserve them.

The Genebanks

The 11 CGIAR genebanks currently conserve 730,000 of cereals and grain legumes, forage crops, tree species, root and tuber crops, bananas and crop wild relatives.