Report on Crop Landraces, Crop Wild Relatives and Wild Herbs

By Agricultural University of Athens

Lemnos is considered hotspot of agrobiodivesity due to its geographical position, its isolation, its diverse microclimates and its long agricultural history. The island has attracted the interest of many seed collectors and many collecting expeditions have been organized by national and international genebanks and institutes. Almost a decade after our expeditions during which we visited all villages and settlements of the island (Thomas et al., 2012) it would be very important to monitor the status of agrobiodiversity in terms of Plant Genetic Resources (PGR) with emphasis to crop landraces, crop wild relatives (CWR) and wild harvested plants (WHP) and assess the genetic erosion that has been caused particularly because of the farmers’ practices and preferences.