Collecting Plant Genetic Diversity: Technical Guidelines (Hardcover)

Collecting Plant Genetic Diversity: Technical Guidelines By Luigi Guarino, V. R. Rao, Robert Reid Cover Image
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The case for conserving biodiversity is well established on economic as well as scientific grounds. Biodiversity is essential for sustainable development, adaptation to a changing environment and the continued functioning of the biosphere - indeed, to human survival itself. Plant breeders are
dependent upon the availability of a large pool of diverse genetic material represented by local races and wild relatives, since in themselves modern crop varieties provide too restricted a genepool for further breeding. Without the ability to draw from a diverse genetic reservoir, further
improvement may not be possible. It is therefore essential that guidance is available on collecting plant germplasm. In recent years it has become evident that there is no single publication that provides the prospective collector of plant germplasm with generic as well as specific, and theoretical
as well as practical, information. It was to fill this gap that the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (PGRI), together with FAO, IUCN, and UNEP cooperated to produce this book. The volume is a comprehensive reference work and is aimed at both new and experienced collectors as well as
those with a general interest in plant genetics, breeding and biodiversity.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780851989648
ISBN-10: 0851989640
Publisher: Cabi
Publication Date: May 1st, 1995
Pages: 768
Language: English
Series: Cabi