America’s crop cousins are numerous, imperiled, and more needed than ever

Outlet: “By evaluating 600 species across the country we were able to identify geographic hotspots of crop wild relative diversity,” said Daniel Carver of USDA ARS and Colorado State University, and co-lead author. “We’ve compared this information with the locations of the thousands of natural protected areas in the U.S. to showcase where habitat conservation of these species is currently occurring and where the gaps in protection need to be filled.”