Crop wild relatives (CWR) are wild plant species or populations that are related to the cultivated crops. They are in many cases quite different from the crop but they can have important variation that is missing from the crop, for example adaptations to drought, pest resistance or cold tolerance. By crossing the CWR with the crop, these traits can be transferred into the crop resulting in improved survival and/or production. In the face of a growing human population and climate change, it is essential to conserve the crop wild relatives as a source of important variation that can facilitate adaptation of crops to new climate conditions and increased demands for food.
In this project we will work on the Nordic level to facilitate the conservation and use of CWR. Participants from all Nordic countries are taking part.
Our aim is to strengthen the efforts on conservation and use of crop wild relatives in the Nordic region. To this end we intend to:
Workshops and meetings
In situ / CWR seminar: Østre Bolærne, Norway, 26-28 May 2015
Nordic workshop in Stockholm, 18-19 November 2015
Joint Nordic/ECPGR Workshop in Vilnius, September 2016
Policy recommendations: Crop Wild Relatives – actions needed to assure conservation of an important genetic resource
Paper: Conservation and sustainable use of crop wild relatives: a Nordic initiative
Nordic CWR check-list
Poster: A Nordic regional approach for crop wild relative conservation (presented at the EUCARPIA genetic resource meeting 2017)
Funding for the project has been received from the Nordic Council of ministers.