Submitted to: Electronic Publication
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/14/2023
Publication Date: 4/24/2023
Citation: Volk, G.M., Gmitter, F., Krueger, R. 2023. A global strategy for the conservation and use of citrus genetic resources. Bonn, Germany: Global Crop Diversity Trust. 78 p. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7757226.
Interpretive Summary: This Global Strategy for the Conservation and Use of Citrus Genetic Resources was written to summarize the status of citrus conservation on a global scale. It includes an overview of citrus crop production, breeding, and genebank management as well as compiled results from a survey with information from 35 citrus collections. The strategy identifies a set of priority actions to help ensure that citrus and its relatives are conserved and available in a disease and pathogen-free state in perpetuity in a secure, distributed network of genebank collections that provide collection data (passport, phenotypic, genotypic) in a standardized common information system. The Strategy is part of an ongoing effort to develop Global Crop Conservation Strategies by the Global Crop Diversity Trust.
Technical Abstract: The Global Strategy for the Conservation of Citrus was developed by performing a literature review to summarize information about the economic importance, conservation, and use of citrus. A survey was developed and then distributed to citrus genebank collection managers around the world to gather key information about collections. Data were compiled for 35 citrus collections that responded to the survey. The overall goal for global ex situ conservation of citrus is to have conserved and available citrus and its relatives in a disease and pathogen-free state in perpetuity in a secure, distributed network of genebank collections that provide collection data (passport, phenotypic, genotypic) in a standardized common information system. Priority Actions were identified that seek to unify the citrus genebanking community with respect to sharing maintenance, inventory, and associated data through compatible online resources. With funding, Priority Actions will result in shared online resources, training opportunities, and standardized collection data as well as healthy, secure plant collections.