North American Crop Wild Relatives, Volume 2

Important Species

  • Stephanie L. Greene
  • Karen A. Williams
  • Colin K. Khoury
  • Michael B. Kantar
  • Laura F. Marek

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Cereals and Legumes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Carlos I. Cruz-Cárdenas, Moisés Cortés-Cruz, Candice A. Gardner, Denise E. Costich
      Pages 3-39
    3. David M. Brenner, Harold E. Bockelman, Karen A. Williams
      Pages 41-82
    4. Sarah Dohle, Jorge Carlos Berny Mier y Teran, Ashley Egan, Theodore Kisha, Colin K. Khoury
      Pages 99-127
  3. Vegetables

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. A. Lebeda, E. Křístková, I. Doležalová, M. Kitner, M. P. Widrlechner
      Pages 131-194
    3. Derek W. Barchenger, Paul W. Bosland
      Pages 225-242
    4. Justin E. Anderson, Alexandra Campbell, Michael B. Kantar
      Pages 243-279
  4. Fruits and Nuts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. Claire C. Heinitz, Jake Uretsky, Jean C. Dodson Peterson, Karla G. Huerta-Acosta, M. Andrew Walker
      Pages 329-351
    3. C. H. Avendaño-Arrazate, E. Campos-Rojas, J. Andres Agustin, S. Espinosa-Zaragoza, G. Sandoval Cancino
      Pages 387-415
    4. John E. Preece, Mallikarjuna Aradhya
      Pages 417-449
  5. Edible Oils, Industrial Crops, Forages, Ornamentals, Medicinals and Culturally Valuable Plants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 451-451
    2. Laura Fredrick Marek
      Pages 453-483
    3. Maria M. Jenderek, Von Mark Cruz, Andrew Salywon, Diana Jasso de Rodriguez, Raúl Rodríguez García, José Ángel Villarreal Quintanilla et al.
      Pages 485-542
    4. Maria M. Jenderek, James Frelichowski
      Pages 543-577
    5. Melanie L. Harrison, Vicki L. Bradley, Michael D. Casler
      Pages 579-605
    6. Joe-Ann McCoy, Johanna H. Young, Jessica M. Nifong, Kim Hummer, Jeanine DeNoma, Carlos H. Avendaño-Arrazate et al.
      Pages 645-692
  6. The Way Forward

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 693-693
    2. Colin K. Khoury, Stephanie L. Greene, Karen A. Williams, Michael B. Kantar, Laura F. Marek
      Pages 695-710
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 711-740

About this book


The plant species that humans rely upon have an extended family of wild counterparts that are an important source of genetic diversity used to breed productive crops. These wild and weedy cousins are valuable as a resource for adapting our food, forage, industrial and other crops to climate change. Many wild plant species are also directly used, especially for revegetation, and as medicinal and ornamental plants. North America is rich in these wild plant genetic resources. This book is a valuable reference that describes the important crop wild relatives and wild utilized species found in Canada, the United States and Mexico.  The book highlights efforts taken by these countries to conserve and use wild resources and provides essential information on best practices for collecting and conserving them. Numerous maps using up-to-date information and methods illustrate the distribution of important species, and supplement detailed description on the potential value these resources have to agriculture, as well as their conservation statuses and needs. There is broad recognition of the urgent need to conserve plant diversity; however, a small fraction of wild species is distinguished by their potential to support agricultural production. Many of these species are common, even weedy, and are easily overshadowed by rare or endangered plants.  Nevertheless, because of their genetic proximity to agriculturally important crops or direct use, they deserve to be recognized, celebrated, conserved, and made available to support food and agricultural security. This comprehensive two-volume reference will be valuable for students and scientists interested in economic botany, and for practitioners at all levels tasked with conserving plant biodiversity.


Economically valuable plants Plant genetic resources Plant conservation Crop Adaptation Climate change

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephanie L. Greene
    • 1
  • Karen A. Williams
    • 2
  • Colin K. Khoury
    • 3
  • Michael B. Kantar
    • 4
  • Laura F. Marek
    • 5
  1. 1.USDA, Agricultural Research Service Center for Agricultural ResourcesResearch, National Laboratory for Genetic Resources PreservationFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.USDA, Agricultural Research Service Beltsville Agricultural ResearchCenter, National Germplasm Resources LaboratoryBeltsvilleUSA
  3. 3.USDA, Agricultural Research Service Center for Agricultural ResourcesResearch, National Laboratory for Genetic Resources PreservationFort CollinsUSA
  4. 4.Tropical Plant and Soil ScienceUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA
  5. 5.Department of Agronomy/North Central Regional Plant Introduction StationIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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