Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 395–401 | Cite as

One problem, two questions, three books about the vanishing diversity of cultivated plants

Book Review


The review deals with three books focused on two questions dealing with a single problem: how human cultures and crop cultures are interrelated? The two questions dealt with are: Is there a conflict between the evolution of cultivated plants and the present trend of our cultural (including social, economical, ideological or political) evolution? If yes, what can be done to diminish this conflict? The three books focused on these questions deal with (1) growing number of endangered crops on global scale (Khoshbakht and Hammer, Threatened Crop Species Diversity. Shahid Beheshti University Press, Teheran 2010), (2) massive erosion of locally and regionally important crop varieties and associated traditional knowledge followed by collapse of whole agroecosystems and landscapes on a country scale (Antofie, A red list of crop plant varieties for Romania—Lista rosie a varietatilor plantelor de cultura din Romania. Publ. House Lucian Blaga Univ., Sibiu 2011), and (3) the growing number of endangered human communities (ethnic, cultural and linguistic islands) which preserved for centuries many valuable genetic resources (Hammer et al. 2011).


Agrobiodiversity Endangered crops Ethnobiodiversity Genetic resources Linguistic islands 


  1. Antofie M-M (ed) (2011) A red list of crop plant varieties for Romania—Lista rosie a varietatilor plantelor de cultura din Romania. Publ. House Lucian Blaga Univ., Sibiu, 288 ppGoogle Scholar
  2. Beythe A (1595) Fiveskönyv (Herbarium; in Hung.). NémetujwarGoogle Scholar
  3. Blaga L (1936/2011) Spatiul Mioritic. Ed. Humanitas, Bucureşti. (The Lamb Space).;
  4. Borza AL (1945) Alacul (Triticum monococcum) la romani. Bul Grad Bot Cluj XXVI:93–119; Idem 1945b, L’alac (Triticum monococcum) chez les Roumains. SibiuGoogle Scholar
  5. Clusius C (1576) Stirpium in Hispaniam…, AntwerpenGoogle Scholar
  6. Clusius C (1583) Stirpium per Pannoniam …, AntwerpenGoogle Scholar
  7. Clusius C (1601) Fungorum in Pannoniis …, AntwerpenGoogle Scholar
  8. Clusius C, St Beythe (1583), Stirpium nomenclator …, NemetujwarGoogle Scholar
  9. Hammer K, Laghetti G, Pignone D (eds) (2011) Linguistic islands and plant genetic resources—the case of the Arbëreshë. ARCANE editrice S.r.é., Rome, 337 pp. Available online on: (21.08.2012, szta)
  10. Hanelt P, Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) (eds) (2001) Mansfeld’s encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops (except ornamentals), vol 6. Springer, BerlinGoogle Scholar
  11. Khoshbakht K, Hammer K (2010) Threatened crop species diversity. Shahid Beheshti University Press, Teheran, 134 ppGoogle Scholar
  12. Krauss M (1943) Nösnerländische Pflanzennamen. KolozsvárGoogle Scholar
  13. Laghetti G, Ghiglione G, Miceli F, Cifarelli S, Pignone D, Hammer K (2012) Collecting crop genetic resources in two Italian linguistic (Occitan and Ladin) islands and West Liguria with historical and ethnobotanical notes. Int J Biodiversity Conserv 4(2):54–70. doi:10.5897/IJBC11.211 Google Scholar
  14. Maffi (ed) (2001) On biocultural diversity. Linking language, culture and the environment. Smith. Inst. Press, WashingtonGoogle Scholar
  15. Melius P (1578) Herbarium. Colosvar. Reed., by A.T. Szabó, 1978, Kriterion, BucharestGoogle Scholar
  16. Montesano V, Negro D, Sarli G, De Lisi A, Laghetti G, Hammer K (2012) Notes about the uses of plants by one of the last healers in the Basilicata Region (South Italy). J Ethnobiol Ethnomedicine 8:15. doi:10.1186/1746-4269-8-15. Available on-line: (2012.08.21 szta)
  17. Péntek J, Szabó TA (1985) Plant kingdom and traditional human life in the calata area (Kalotaszeg). In Hung., Kriterion, BucharestGoogle Scholar
  18. Simonič P (ed) (2006) Ethnography of protected areas. Endangered habitats—endangered cultures. Zbirka Županičeva Knijčnica, LjubljanaGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Biological Database LaboratoryBalatonfüredHungary

Personalised recommendations