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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2018, Volume : 6, Issue : 2
First page : (1506) Last page : (1510 )
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Significance of Wild Species in Crop Improvement of Tropical Fruits – A Review

Kishore Kumar Das1*, C.K. Dotaniya2, Shivaningapp Kumbar3; G.S.K Swamy4 and P.K. Yadav5
1&5Department of Horticulture, SKRAU Bikaner- 334006, Rajasthan, India
2Department of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, SKRAU Bikaner
3KRC College of Horticulture, Arabhavi-591218, Karnataka, India
4College of Horticulture, Mysore- 571130, Karnataka, India
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Received: 20.08.2017  |  Revised: 28.09.2017   |  Accepted: 5.10.2017  



Fruit crops serve as an important source of minerals and nutrients in human diets. However, pests and diseases are strong constraints to low-input cultivation systems and cause great losses both at pre and post harvest stages. While control measures exist for some diseases and pests, there is a strong pressure from the global community to limit the use of pesticides because of their effect on the environment and public health. Genetic improvement using wild species for resistance to the principal pests and diseases offers an alternative solution. Also, with the advent of climate change and greater ecosystem instability, crop wild relatives (CWRs) are likely to prove a critical resource in ensuring food security, eliminating poverty and to maintain the sustainable agro- ecosystems.

Key words: Wild species, Tropical fruits, Crop wild relatives (CWRs), Crop improvement

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Cite this article: Das, K.K., Dotaniya, C.K., Kumbar, S., Swamy, G.S.K. and Yadav, P.K., Significance of Wild Species in Crop Improvement of Tropical Fruits – A Review, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.6(2): 1506-1510 (2018). doi: