Plant diversity sustains all animal life, and the genetic diversity within plants underpins global food security. This text provides a practical and theoretical introduction to the strategies and actions to adopt for conserving plant genetic variation, as well as explaining how humans can exploit this diversity for sustainable development. Notably readable, it initially offers current knowledge on the characterization and evaluation of plant genetic resources. The authors then discuss strategies from in situ and ex situ conservation to crop breeding, exploring how these can be used to improve food security in the face of increasing agrobiodiversity loss, human population growth and climate change. Each chapter draws on examples from the literature or the authors’ research and includes further reading references. Containing other useful features such as a glossary, it is invaluable for professionals and undergraduate and graduate students in plant sciences, ecology, conservation, genetics and natural resource management.
- Covers how botany, breeding, genetics, taxonomy and policy are all important for addressing plant genetic conservation, ensuring readers grasp a comprehensive, interdisciplinary perspective
- Brings together the authors’ wealth of plant and agrobiodiversity conservation expertise and experience, offering readers both theoretical and practical viewpoints
- Provides easy-to-follow language and up-to-date examples, engaging readers with the most recent knowledge in the field