, Volume 110, Issue 3, pp 181–191

The traditional inexplicable replacement of seed and seed ware of landraces and cultivars: A review

  • A.C. Zeven

DOI: 10.1023/A:1003701529155

Cite this article as:
Zeven, A. Euphytica (1999) 110: 181. doi:10.1023/A:1003701529155


A review is presented on the often inexplicable seed replacement by farmers. Such a seed replacement has been mentioned since Biblical times and earlier. It occurred and still occurs all over the world and for all cultivated plants. In order to find out whether or not this seed replacement has some meaningful background, farmers in those areas where this type of seed replacement still takes place should be interviewed. Maybe, this seed replacement is based on farmers' experience since times immemorial in which farmers obtained (or believed to obtain) lower yields if seed is not replaced. If so, the cause of this type of seed replacement can be explained.

landrace seed exchange seed replacement traditionalexperimentation traditional seed supply 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • A.C. Zeven
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Plant Breeding (I.v.P.)Wageningen UniversityWageningenthe Netherlands

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