Maintaining crop diversity is vital

Brandon, Hombree
April 2005
Southeast Farm Press;4/6/2005, Vol. 32 Issue 10, p28
Trade Publication
The article presents information on a new study, published by the University of California Genetic Resources Conservation Program, which reports that nearly every major U.S. crop is battling a plethora of new or reemerging pests to which there is little or no resistance. All major U.S. crops, including soybeans, corn, wheat, rice, potatoes, oranges, and apples, are facing potential threats from pathogens and failure to adequately maintain crop gene bank collections could constrain agriculture's ability to avert billions of dollars in crop damage. These crops, it was noted, depend upon collections of plant diversity in the U.S. and worldwide to stay one step ahead of pests. Collections of crop diversity are also the source of genetic traits needed to improve quality, nutritional value, and yield for crops grown everywhere.


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