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Published on May 10, 2012
Bioversity has been particularly interested in fruit trees in Central Asia, which contribute not only to income generation, but also to the nutrition of rural people. Central Asia is the centre of origin and of diversity for many globally significant fruit and nut tree species. One of these, Malus sieversii, a wild apple species, is considered to be a principal progenitor of domesticated apple and it is red-listed by the IUCN because it is threatened by over-exploitation, livestock grazing and other anthropogenic pressures.
Watch this short video to find out how custodian farmers in the mountainous area around Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan are putting these varieties at the heart of their communities. Learn more: http://www.bioversityinternational.or...