Descriptors for quinoa and its wild relatives (In Spanish)
The international scientific community is aware of the outstanding properties of quinoa such as its ability to adapt to a wide range of environmental conditions, including drought and poor soil fertility, and its nutritional value represented by its essential amino acid composition, which is ideal for human consumption. These remarkable qualities are an expression of the diversity found in its gene pool that is cultivated by farmers, conserved in seed gene banks and use by breeding programmes to develop superior varieties.
The need to characterize and evaluate quinoa’s genetic diversity, in order to promote its use and facilitate information exchange across national programmes using international standards is at the base of the updated list of Descriptors for quinoa (Chenopodium Quinoa Willd.) and its wild relatives. This publication is a revision of the "Quinoa Descriptors" (AGP: IBPGR/81/104) published in 1981 by the International Board for Plant Genetic Resources (IBPGR, now Bioversity International).
Specifically designed for curators of quinoa’s collections and breeders, this technical publication provides a comprehensive list of standard parameters and traits that can be used to describe germplasm of quinoa and other wild relatives.
The document has been prepared by Bioversity International, member of the CGIAR Consortium and funded by the FAO’s Andean Seed Project (GCP/RLA/183/SPA), with Spanish Cooperation Agency sources.