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Author Vellvé, Renée

Title Saving the seed : genetic diversity and european agriculture / Renée Vellvé
Published Sterling, VA : Earthscan, 2009


Description 1 online resource (206 pages) : illustrations, map
Series Earthscan library collection
Natural resource management ; volume 9
Earthscan library collection.
Resources for the future library collection. Natural resource management ; v. 9.
Contents Cover; Title page; Copyright page; Table of Contents; Tables, graphs and boxes; List of acronyms; About this book; Foreword; Introduction; 1: The making of a heritage; Taming the wild; The geography of diversity; The heritage makers; 2: Diversity's decline; Breeding uniformity; Uniformity from the lab; Erosion on the farm; The legal frames at work; 3: Genebank or bust; Banking on diversity; From the field to the fridge; The Euro 'gene scene'; Of numbers and nonsense; 4: Salvaging in silence; Conservation at the grassroots; Salvaging in silence; 5: Diversifying the future; Forging new policies
CAP: Conservation or production?Investing in diversity; Finding the support; Annex; I: Thegenes in the bank; 2: Addresses and contacts; 3: Selected reading; Notes; Index
Summary Genetic diversity is essential to the security of agriculture. Without the availability of a wide range of plant varieties and the genetic resources they contain, crops cannot adapt to combat the ever-changing threats of pests, diseases and climatic change. Yet, with the increasing industrialisation of modern agriculture, farming has become a business which centres on a handful of new, genetically similar 'super seeds'. Plants must evolve in order to survive, but modern agriculture has replaced diversity with uniformity, and security with vulnerability. Saving the Seed trace
Notes "Earthscan publishes in association with the International Institute for Environment and Development."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Crops -- Germplasm resources.
Gene banks, Plant.
Crops -- Germplasm resources -- Europe
Gene banks, Plant -- Europe
Germplasm resources conservation.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Real Estate -- General.
Crops -- Germplasm resources
Gene banks, Plant
Germplasm resources conservation
Form Electronic book
Author International Institute for Environment and Development.
ISBN 9781134063307