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Title: North American crop wild relatives, volume 1: conservation strategies

item Greene, Stephanie
item Williams, Karen
item Khoury, Colin
item KANTAR, MICHAEL - University Of Hawaii
item MAREK, LAURA - Iowa State University

Submitted to: North American Crop Wild Relatives
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/15/2018
Publication Date: 12/13/2018
Citation: Greene, S.L., Williams, K.A., Khoury, C.K., Kantar, M.B., Marek, L.F. 2018. North American Crop Wild Relatives. Volume 1: Conservation Strategies. New York, NY: Springer, Cham. 346 p.

Interpretive Summary: This book is entitled "North America Crop Wild Relatives Volume 1. Conservation Strategies" and covers the geographic region encompassed by Canada, the United States and Mexico. This book reviews efforts, challenges and opportunities to conserve agriculturally important wild species in Canada, United States, Mexico, including Native American tribal perspectives in the United States . It also provides guidelines, strategies and the science behind conserving wild plant genetic resources .Since the information in this book has never been comprehensively compiled for North America, we believe that this volume will be an important resource to support the combined efforts of both the agricultural and the natural resource communities to locate, conserve, manage and make available wild plant species that are valuable for agricultural security.

Technical Abstract: The purpose of this book is to highlight the most important wild plant genetic resources that grow in North America, and focuses on Canada, the United States and Mexico; three major countries whose combined area covers most of the continent. This book is divided into two r-sections. The first section reviews efforts, challenges and opportunities to conserve agriculturally important wild species from the national perspective of Canada, Mexico and the United States. An additional chapter presents Native American tribal perspectives in the United States, providing a glimpse into the management and regulation of plant genetic resources by indigenous peoples and First Nations through a set of case studies of several tribal governments. The chapters in the second section discuss various aspects of wild plant genetic resource conservation since managing genetic resources of wild plants involves additional considerations beyond those required for domesticated crops and likewise, wild genetic resource conservation differs from managing plant species that are rare and endangered. The book concludes with a chapter that outlines public outreach strategies to foster awareness about these important but frequently ignored wild plant genetic resources.