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CTA. 1986. Save genetic resources. Spore 2. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Genes from the wild: Using wild genetic resources for food and raw materials, by Robert and Christine Prescott-Allen, Earthscan, 1983 Price: £3.00/$5.50 Available from Earthscan 3 Endsleigh Street London, WC1 H ODD United Kingdom and from Earthscan 17
Tomatoes could not be grown commercially without the help of their wild relatives. A single wild species of rice has helped double rice production in Asia. Wild silkworms are helping India expand its silk industry. A wild carp with resistance to the cold has helped extend Soviet carp production further north Wild genetic resources the heritable characteristics of wild plants and animals that are of actual or potential use to people are being used increasingly to improve domestic crops and livestock and as new sources of food and raw materials. But habitat destruction, over-exploitation and competition from introduced species are destroying many gene pools even before they have been identified Genes from the wild, by Robert and Christine Prescott Allen, describes the growing contribution of wild genetic resources to the production of food and raw materials It describes their characteristics, explains the benefits and problems of using them and outlines the threats posed and the measures being taken to conserve them. Numerous examples of the real and potential use of wild genetic resources are cited Genes from the wild: Using wild genetic resources for food and raw materials, by Robert and Christine Prescott-Allen, Earthscan, 1983 Price: £3.00/$5.50 Available from Earthscan 3 Endsleigh Street London, WC1 H ODD United Kingdom and from Earthscan 1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington DC 20036 USA