[NAFEX] Wild fruit trees face extinction

jazzo874 at aol.com jazzo874 at aol.com
Thu May 7 21:28:56 EDT 2009


The post refers to the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Red List.  Search the web for IUCN.  The linked article, of course, incorrectly states that Kazakhstan is the ancestral  home of Golden Delicious and Red Delicious apples.  These cultivars originated in the US, but the ancestral home of all cultivated apples (Malus x domestica) is probably Kazakhstan, where Malus sieversii grows.  That species is now thought to be the progenitor of domesticated apples.



Richard Bell


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 The wild ancestors of common domestic fruit trees are in danger of becoming 
extinct, scientists have warned.                                   
                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                

 Researchers have published a "red list" of threatened species that grow in the 
forests of Central Asia.                                  20     
                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                

 These disease-resistant and climate-tolerant fruit trees could play a role in 
our future food security.                                        
                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                

 But in t
he last 50 years, about 90% of the forests have been destroyed, 
according to conservation charity, Fauna & Flora International.        
                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                

 The Red List of Central Asia identifies 44 tree species in Kyrgyzstan, 
Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan as under threat     
 from extinction.                                                                                                                               

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 It cites over-exploitation and human development as among the main threats to 
the region's forests, which are home to more than 300 wild fruit 
 and nut species including apple, plum, cherry, apricot and walnut.                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                




continues at:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8036785.stm

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