The www.cwrdiversity.org website aims to be a resource for those interested in collecting, conserving and using crop wild relatives (CWR) in the context of adapting agriculture to climate change. The site is providing information on the taxonomy, distribution, conservation status and breeding potential of the wild species in the genepools of 26 crops of major importance to food security that fall under Annex 1 of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. CWR not yet available in genebanks will be collected, conserved, and through prebreeding and evaluation, materials will be prepared for use by plant breeders and farmers.
The site is the result of cooperation between the Global Crop Diversity Trust and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in partnership with national and international crop conservation and use programmes, universities and other research institutions.
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