N.I.Vavilov Institute of Plant Genetic Resources

N.I.Vavilov Institute of Plant Genetic Resources (VIR)


    N.I. Vavilov Research Institute of Plant Industry announces the publication of the book entitled: “Modern methods and international experience of wild plants conservation (by the example of wild fruit crops)” written by author’s teams representing three countries: Russia, Kazakhstan and UK. The book is available for free download at the Institute`s website (available only in Russian).


    In spite of the serious efforts made by the global community to preserve plant resources of our planet the conservation problem remains highly acute. According to experts, by mid-21st century (should no more efficient measures be taken) the share of lost plant species on Earth can reach 60% (currently, it makes up over 30%). Considering the fact that all plant species are unique and invaluable, their loss does not only deprive the human generations to come of their legitimate right to enjoy the same biodiversity as the preceding ones but also leads to catastrophic consequences on Earth. That is why conservation of biodiversity on our planet is a major international issue today. This book offers a comprehensive review of all key aspects of the problem – from the origination, evolution and identifying progenitors of cultivated plants to modern theories, methods and models of plant resources conservation. As exemplified by wild-growing fruit plants reckoned among the most valuable plant communities on Earth, the book describes an extensive international (26 countries) and national experience of in-situ and exsitu conservation of the richest gene pool of plants. Also, the book pays special attention to the international legal framework for conservation and use of plant genetic resources and to practical ways of preserving fruit plant gene pool. The book consists of 188 pages and contains a preface, introduction, and eight main chapters. The list of references has 444 titles, including 288 sources in foreign languages. The book is intended for research scientists, lecturers and students of biology and ecology, as well as numerous nature conservation officers.