Development of crop wild relative conservation strategies for Norway

Phillips, Jade (2017). Development of crop wild relative conservation strategies for Norway. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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Climate change and anthropogenic activities threaten our global food security. One area of research that may help combat a future food crisis is the utilization of the genetic diversity available in wild plants. Crop wild relatives (CWR) are one such resource. They are the wild taxa most closely related to crops and from which diverse traits could be transferred to the crop. This project uses Norway as an example, to contribute towards methodologies to identify those CWR populations that are most important for conservation and use. This involves the creation of a priority list of CWR for Norway, \(in\) \(situ\) and \(ex\) \(situ\) diversity analysis of CWR populations, gap analysis and ecogeographic land characterization methodologies, predictive climate change analysis for CWR distributions and genetic diversity studies of taxa using Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphisms (AFLPs). Comprehensive \(in\) \(situ\) and \(ex\) \(situ\) national recommendations for the conservation of CWR in Norway are detailed. These include the incorporation of management plans for CWR populations within the Færder national park in Norway, the first instance of such conservation activities in Scandinavia. The scientific methods used and developed will help Norway meet its international obligations for conservation and use of genetic diversity of CWR and will contribute to the regional and global efforts to systematically conserve and utilize the diversity found in CWR.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Biosciences
Funders: Other
Other Funders: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
Q Science > QR Microbiology
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)


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