Beyond the Gardens: The Crop Wild Relatives Project
19 July 2013
This short film explains why the wild relatives of major crops are so important for our future food security and shows how Kew scientists and the Millennium Seed Bank team are helping to safeguard them.
Food security is a pressing issue in developing nations and, with a global population of over seven billion, it is an issue that affects us all. Kew's Millennium Seed Bank is involved in the Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change Project which aims to gather, save and use the wild plant relatives of essential food crops such as wheat, rice, maize, beans, potato, barley, chickpeas and lentils.The wild relatives of these popular crops are valuable because they contain a diverse collection of useful traits which can be bred into the crops we grow for food, making them more hardy and versatile.
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