Wild plant species related to crops known as crop wild relatives are a key resource for adapting agriculture to the challenges posed by climate change untended by humans crop wild relatives continue to evolve in the wild developing traits such as drought tolerance or pest resistance that farmers and breeders can cross with . The project adapting agriculture to climate change collecting protecting and preparing crop wild relatives aims to collect important species of crop wild relatives ensure their long term conservation and facilitate their use in breeding new improved crops. Crop wild relative and climate change begins with overviews of the impacts of climate change on growing environments and the challenges that agricultural production face in coming years and decades chapters then explore crop evolution and the potential for crop wild relatives to contribute novel genetic resources to the breeding of more . Crop wild relatives and climate change links to publisher website core descriptors for in situ conservation of crop wild relatives v1 crop wild relatives south african development community region sadc applying figs to crop wild relatives and landraces in europe protected areas and the challenges of conserving crop wild relatives. Crop wild relatives contain a multitude of genes of potential value for plant breeding among these are many traits that are relevant for climate change adaptation crop wild relative species are distributed across a wide range of habitats including mountains deserts grasslands salt marshes and rainforests
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