Devra I. Jarvis, T. Hodgkin, A.H.D. Brown, J. Tuxill, I. Lopez Noriega, M. Smale, and B. Sthapit: Crop genetic diversity in the field and on the farm: principles and applications in research practices
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Why is crop genetic diversity important? This book compiles several years of research and projects around the world with the intention of approaching an answer and providing suggestions to preserve this diversity. The authors emphasize the role of traditional varieties in agricultural production systems. Diversity is a condition between and within crops, framed by environmental factors but also social dimensions.
Genetic diversity then is a complex concept which can’t be taken as static; domestication of agrobiodiversity continues due to environmental and social change. It also has a political dimension, because its public definition has an impact at the private level, the farmers’ selection and uses of crops.
This book is the result of 20 years of transdisciplinary work around the world. It invites students and scholars to speak a common language in order to interconnect applied research challenges and possible solutions. Even when an impact at the policy level is expected, there is...