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Conservation Gaps in Traditional Vegetables Native to Europe and Fennoscandia

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Department of Agricultural Sciences, Faculty of Applied Ecology, Agricultural Sciences and Biotechnology Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, 2318 Hamar, Norway
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Bioversity International, 00054 Rome, Italy
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Agriculture 2020, 10(8), 340; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture10080340
Received: 15 July 2020 / Revised: 30 July 2020 / Accepted: 3 August 2020 / Published: 6 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Conservation and Characterization of Vegetable Crop Biodiversity)
Vegetables are rich in vitamins and other micronutrients and are important crops for healthy diets and diversification of the food system, and many traditional (also termed underutilized or indigenous) species may play a role. The current study analyzed 35 vegetables with a European region of diversity with the effort to map the conservation status in Fennoscandia and beyond. We mapped georeferenced occurrences and current genebank holdings based on global databases and conducted conservation gaps analysis based on representativeness scores in situ and ex situ. Out of the 35 target species, 19 got at a high priority score for further conservation initiatives, while another 14 species got a medium priority score. We identified a pattern where traditional vegetables are poorly represented in genebank holdings. This corresponds well to a lack of attention in the scientific community measured in number of published papers. Considering the grand challenges ahead in terms of climate change, population growth and demand for sustainability, traditional vegetables deserve greater attention. Our contribution is to provide a basis for conservation priorities among the identified vegetables species native to Fennoscandia. View Full-Text
Keywords: crop wild relatives; ecosystem services; ensemble models; genetic diversity; plant genetic resources; species distribution models crop wild relatives; ecosystem services; ensemble models; genetic diversity; plant genetic resources; species distribution models
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de Sousa, K.; Solberg, S.Ø. Conservation Gaps in Traditional Vegetables Native to Europe and Fennoscandia. Agriculture 2020, 10, 340. https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture10080340

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de Sousa, Kauê, and Svein Ø. Solberg 2020. "Conservation Gaps in Traditional Vegetables Native to Europe and Fennoscandia" Agriculture 10, no. 8: 340. https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture10080340

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