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posted on 16.12.2021, 14:10 by Heli FitzgeraldHeli Fitzgerald, Anna Palmé, Mora Aronsson, Åsmund Asdal, Kristina Bjureke, Dag EndresenDag Endresen, Magnus Göransson, Marko Hyvärinen, Elina Kiviharju, Birgitte Lund, Linn Borgen Nilsen, Morten Rasmussen, Hjortur Thorbjornsson, Jens Weibull, Peter Wind

Aim: The aim of this dataset is to provide a list of the Crop Wild Relatives (CWR) in the Nordic region that are most important for future food security, and to provide basic data on geographic distribution, gene pool affinity, invasiveness, and threat level. The dataset can serve as a basis for Nordic level, as well as national level, conservation planning and implementation.


Method: A comprehensive CWR checklist for all Nordic CWR taxa was developed in 2017 (Fitzgerald et al., 2017). The taxa on this list were prioritized based on socio-economic value of the related crop(s) and potential utilization value of the CWR for breeding, resulting in the first version of the priority dataset. More information on how the prioritization was performed can be found in Fitzgerald et al. (2019).


In 2021, an update of the dataset was made. Nordic scientists and plant breeders were contacted and asked if, in their opinion, there were taxa missing from the dataset. All suggestions were considered and evaluated for socio-economic value and utilization potential. The taxa deemed to fulfill the criteria were added to the list. Also, information on national threat category and national invasive category were added, and information on local names and geographic distribution were updated.


Results: The result of the analysis is a list/data set of CWR prioritized based on socio-economic value of the related crop(s) and potential utilization value of the CWR. The list includes information on national occurrence (indigenous, naturalized foreign, temporary findings), to which genepool/taxon group the CWR belongs, use category (food/forage), national threat status and national invasiveness classification.

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