Plants (Basel) 2020 Nov 24;9(12). Epub 2020 Nov 24.
Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, c/o KU Leuven, Willem de Croylaan 42, P.O. Box 2455, 3001 Leuven, Belgium.
The conservation of crop genetic resources, including their wild relatives, is of utmost importance for the future of mankind. Most crops produce orthodox seeds and can, therefore, be stored in seed genebanks. However, this is not an option for crops and species that produce recalcitrant (non-storable) seeds such as cacao, coffee and avocado, for crops that do not produce seeds at all; therefore, they are inevitably vegetatively propagated such as bananas, or crops that are predominantly clonally propagated as their seeds are not true to type, such as potato, cassava and many fruit trees. Read More