International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Evolutionary plant breeding in Iran

This video describes the activities of a project funded by the International Treaty's Benefit-sharing Fund (BSF) in Iran involving collaboration between researchers and farmers. Farmers experimented with the cultivation of evolutionary cereal populations comprising diverse seed mixes and experienced higher yields than monocultures of improved modern varieties. A process of informal seed sharing between farmers led to many farmers benefitting from the evolutionary seed mixes due to the adaptive capacity of the populations to local environmental conditions.

Subject area(s)
Enhancing crop diversity for local needs
Subject category(ies)
Evolutionary plant breeding, Participatory plant breeding
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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Resource type
Case study, Multimedia
Resource format
Primary geographic focus
Near East
Open access

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