Identifying common objectives helpful for crop wild relative researchers

Collecting genetic information from crop wild relatives may preserve valuable traits but takes cooperation, experts say. Over the past few decades, research efforts to collect the genetic information from these species has increased. However, developing effective partnerships between scientists, private landowners and government entities is crucial to the success of this research, they add.

The small cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos), a wild relative of the cultivated cranberry.

Hidden in wild sweet potatoes, strawberries and other “crop wild relatives” are keys to drought tolerance, disease resistance and other desirable traits. Over the past few decades, research efforts to collect the genetic information from these species has increased. However, developing effective partnerships between scientists, private landowners and government entities is crucial to the success of this research.

Read more at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/09/150928125159.htm

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