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Conservation status assessment of banana crop wild relatives using species distribution modelling

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

Crop wild relatives (CWR) are an essential source of genetic material for the improvement of certain traits in related crop species. Despite their importance, increasing public, scientific and political support, large gaps still exist in the amount of genetic material collected and conserved of many CWR. Here, we construct a dataset on the distribution of wild banana species (Musa spp.) and assess the risk and conservation status of wild relatives of the banana. We deal with the questions (1) what areas are potentially suitable for wild banana species (2) how much of the wild banana diversity is currently at risk or insufficiently conserved ex- and in-situ.
Journal: Diversity & Distributions
ISSN: 1366-9516
Issue: 4
Volume: 27
Pages: 1 - 18
Publication year:2021