Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Seed exchange networks for agrobiodiversity (#journal)

Seed exchange networks for agrobiodiversity conservation. A review

Agrobiodiversity, the diversity of agricultural systems from genes to varieties and crop species, from farming methods to landscape composition, is part of humanity’s cultural heritage. The circulation of seed among farmers is central to agrobiodiversity, but this is only just emerging as an area of study. The available literature suggests that there is insufficient knowledge about how seed exchange networks will cope with changes in climates, socio-economic factors, and family structures that have supported seed exchange systems to date. More research is therefore suggested.

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