In Situ conservation of rice genetic resources uri icon

abstract

  • The diversity of rice conserved ex situ is impressive from both cultivated and wild species. However, to ensure the genetic base of one of the world's most important crops, a sound, complementary in situ conservation of rice genepools is necessary. This paper reviews habitat destruction, loss of traditional rice germplasm and limitations to ex situ conservation. Examples of in situ conservation of rice genepools are given based on the literature, herbarium specimens, as well as personal experience of the authors. Proposals for ways to enhance efforts to conserve these genetic resources in situ are given including priority setting, selection, design, management and monitoring in situ conservation sites. The need to harmonise such efforts, particularly with local needs and national priorities in conservation, is stressed.

publication date

  • 1992
  • 1992
  • 1992