Rice

Saving Wild Relatives of Crops Means Preserving Options for the Future

One year ago   |   By

Photo courtesy of The Crop Trust.
In the early 1970s, a wild species of grass saved its cousin, rice , from the devastating grassy stunt virus. Today, a global partnership managed by The Crop Trust and the Millennium Seedbank at Kew is scaling up a ten-year effort to catalog, conserve, and prepare the genetics of other wild cousins of major crops, known as crop wild relatives , in light of increasing stresses to agriculture including climate change and population growth.
The total damage from the rice virus amounted to more than US$2.5 billion in 2017 dollars and at least 116,000 hectares...
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