National Crop Wild Relative Database

The National Crop Wild Relative database and website was established in 2010 through funding provided by theDepartment of Agriculture, Food & the Marine under their grant aid scheme for the Conservation of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

The National Crop Wild Relative database is held by the National Biodiversity Data Centre and is available to view through Biodiversity Maps.

View metadata on the National Crop Wild Relative Database

Primary data sources:

  • Data on the distribution of 55 Crop Wild Relative species listed on Annex I of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRA). Under funding from DAFM, this data was compiled in 2010 by the National Biodiversity Data Centre from the National Parks and Wildlife Service Threatened species database, the National Vegetation Database, and the National Herbarium Glasnevin.
  • CWR data collected by Genetic Heritage Ireland 2009-2010.
  • Data collected by the National Biodiversity Data Centre during a DAFM funded project in 2011: Recording of native crop wild relative species from key under-recorded areas.
  • Data collected by the the National Biodiversity Data Centre during a DAFM funded project in 2012: Recording of native crop wild relative species from two under-recorded areas.
  • Data collected by the the National Biodiversity Data Centre during a DAFM funded project in 2013: Recording of native crop wild relative species from four under-recorded areas.

The national CWR database is also fed data from all other relevant plant data sets held by the Data Centre; primarily those contributed by the Botanical Society of the British Isles.

The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) have compiled a priority list of Annex 1 Crop Wild Relative plant genera and species. The species profile link provides direct access to distribution maps of the 102 Annex 1 species growing in Ireland. These are a subset of the 181 Irish CWR species as identified by Curtis (2009).