Biotech Updates

Inventory of Prioritized Crop Wild Relatives Published

October 23, 2013

A crop wild relative (CWR) inventory has just been published in the journal Biological Conservation. The paper describes the first attempt on a global scale to bring together critical primary information on CWR species identities to provide information for subsequent conservation efforts. The article talks about the creation of a global priority CWR inventory covering the CWR of over 150 crops, and reports on the taxonomy, geographic distribution, potential use in plant breeding for crop improvement, and seed storage behavior of valuable CWR.

The inventory is available online at and is searchable by crop gene pool, individual CWR species, country/region, and reported uses in breeding. For more details, read the news release available at: