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Minor Crops

Some case studies that illustrate the role of botanic gardens in the sustainable use and development of minor crops:

Edible caterpillars and their food plants in Bas Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo
The conservation of the food plants of edible caterpillars in Bas Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo. Edible caterpillars are an important traditional source food in Bas Congo and can provide much needed protein.

The role of Russian botanic gardens in the study and development of economic plants


The Principles on Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit-Sharing

A framework to help gardens and herbaria develop policies and procedures on access and benefit-sharing.


Darwin's Harvest: Origins, Evolution, and Conservation of Crop Plants (Motley et al, 2006)
This book describes how a variety of temperate and tropical crop plants were domesticated, using a broad selection of research studies that use both traditional and contemporary tools. Edited by Timothy J. Motley, Nyree Zerega & Hugh Cross, and published February 2006.