[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.
From: Hilborn.E at epamail.epa.gov
To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thu, 7 May 2009 2:43 pm
Subject: [NAFEX] Wild fruit trees face extinction
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
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.
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