Elevating the profile of crop wild relatives
Last week I had the pleasure of a day and a half in Cartagena (Colombia) attending the Latin American Congress of Chemistry. Yes – chemistry. The irony of the fact that I dropped chemistry at 14 years of age having not understood a quarter of what they taught me was not lost. But the event was actually highly relevant. The Royal Society of Chemistry from the United Kingdom organised a side event entitled Biodiversity and Ecosystems: the role of the chemical sciences, and they asked me to present work on crop wild relatives. I used recently acquired knowledge from our very stimulating Bellagio meeting on the subject to give an overview of the importance of crop wild relatives to global food security, especially given the need to produce more food and under a harsher climate. I finished off by giving the standard call to arms to raise the profile of crop wild relatives and the need to go out and conserve these important species. The presentation I made is available below.