Patterns in the conservation and use of traditional vegetables from the New Guinean biodiversity hotspot

Svein Øivind Solberg, Philmah Seta-Waken, Tania Paul, Gomathy Palaniappan, Ellen Iramu

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we survey traditional leafy vegetables linked to the New Guinea biodiversity hotspot. More than 30 species were identified, and data on occurrences and global genebank holdings were retrieved. The result revealed that traditional vegetables from this hotspot are highly under-represented in the global conservation system for plant genetic resources. Among targeted perennial tree or shrub species, no single accessions were reported as conserved in genebanks. We argue for the importance of safeguarding crop diversity for future generations and for promoting the traditional knowledge linked to cultivation and use of such nutritional plants.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1079-1091
    Number of pages13
    JournalAgroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
    Volume42
    Issue number10
    Early online date10 Jul 2018
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2018

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