Journal article

Valuing local wheat landraces for agrobiodiversity conservation in Northeast Turkey

D Bardsley, I Thomas

AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENT | ELSEVIER | Published : 2005

Abstract

The perception of farmers, scientists and government officials regarding the conservation of a wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) landrace in a Turkish village is examined. Agricultural development and the reasons why the Northeast of Turkey is marginal in terms of wheat production are discussed. The de facto conservation of the local wheat landrace is analyzed in light of stakeholders' opinions on agrobiodiversity conservation within the marginal agricultural community of Northeast Turkey. Marginal rural communities retain local wheat landraces because of their own interpretations of the value of these varieties. While formal opportunities for supporting farmers' perceptions of local diversity wi..

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