Nordic Crop Wild Relative (CWR) Checklist

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The Nordic Crop Wild Relative (CWR) checklist is a result of a joint Nordic project, "Ecosystem services: Genetic resources and crop wild relatives" (2015-2016) funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Genetic Resources Center (NordGen). A Crop Wild Relative (CWR) is a wild species that is closely related to a cultivated crop. This close relationship means that properties in a CWR can be transferred to the crop by traditional crossings. As modern cultivars may lack the desired variation, the diversity found in CWRs can be central for adaptation to new demands on the crops.

Also available as a PDF document archived in Figshare at

Data Records

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4 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Fitzgerald H (2020): Nordic Crop Wild Relative (CWR) Checklist. v1.16. Nordic Genetic Resource Center (NORDGEN). Dataset/Checklist.


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The publisher and rights holder of this work is Nordic Genetic Resource Center (NORDGEN). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY 4.0) License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 8027d8d5-c8bc-4d54-bee9-f854f141b442.  Nordic Genetic Resource Center (NORDGEN) publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Nordic Genetic Resource Centre.



External data

The resource data is also available in other formats

Nordic Crop Wild Relatives UTF-8 Web page
Report your citizen Science observations of Nordic CWR in iNaturalist UTF-8 Web page
NordGen: Ecosystem services, Genetic resources and crop wild relatives in the Nordic countries utf-8 Web page
The Nordic priority crop wild relative gene pool and distribution dataset (PDF version archived at Figshare) utf-8 PDF


Heli Fitzgerald
  • Author
  • Originator
University of Helsinki, Finnish Museum of Natural History, Botany Unit
P.O. Box 33 (Yliopistonkatu 4)
00014 Helsinki
GBIF Norway Helpdesk
  • Metadata Provider
GBIF Norway
Anna Palmé
  • Author
  • Point Of Contact
Senior Scientist
Norwegian Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen)
Box 41
23053 Alnarp
Mora Aronsson
  • Author
ArtDatabanken, Swedish Species Information Centre
PO Box 7007
75007 Uppsala
Dag Endresen
  • Author
GBIF Node Manager
GBIF Norway, UiO Natural History Museum, University of Oslo
PO Box 1172 Blindern
0318 Oslo
Jens Weibull
  • Author
Senior Officer
Swedish Board of Agriculture, Plant and Environment Department, Plant Regulations Division
P O Box 12
SE-230 53 Alnarp
+46 36 15 58 64
Åsmund Adal
  • Author
Senior Scientist
Norwegian Genetic Resource Centre (NordGen)
PO Box 41
23053 Alnarp
Hjörtur Þorbjörnsson
  • Author
Reykjavík Botanic Garden
PO Box 8372
Morten Ramussen
  • Author
Senior Advisor
Norwegian Genetic Resource Centre, NIBIO
1430 Ås
Birgitte Lund
  • Author
Senior Officer
The Danish Agri Fish Agency
1780 Copenhagen
Elina Kiviharju
  • Author
Senior Officer
National program for genetic resources, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

Geographic Coverage

Nordic countries

Bounding Coordinates South West [54.059, -55.898], North East [80.532, 31.992]

Taxonomic Coverage

Crop wild relatives

Kingdom Plantae

Project Data

The project objectives: * Establishing a Nordic network for genetic resources as an ecosystem service aiming at policy inputs. * Promoting knowledge exchange to obtain Nordic synergy on in situ and ex situ conservation with focus on in situ conservation of CWR diversity in genetic reserves and on developing the scientific basis for this. * Promoting knowledge exchange to obtain Nordic synergy on interactions between in situ and ex situ conservation of plants. This includes collecting, conserving and using seeds from wild flora according to the Nature Diversity Act and appropriate national legislation. * Strengthening the Nordic position in EU on CWR conservation and use, including an emphasis on ecosystem services. Project period: 2015-01-01 to 2016-12-31 Project home page:

Title Ecosystem services: Genetic resources and crop wild relatives
Funding Nordic Council of Ministers
Study Area Description Nordic countries

The personnel involved in the project:

Anna Palmé
  • Principal Investigator

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Weibull, J., Fitzgerald, H., Lund, B., Palmé, A. and Þorbjörnsson, H. (2016), Conservation and sustainable use of crop wild relatives: a Nordic initiative. Sveriges Utsädesförenings Tidskrift 2: 53-58.
  2. Maxted, N., Labokas, J. and Palmé, A. (Compilers) (2016). CWR conservation strategies planning and implementing national and regional conservation strategies. Workshop Proceedings. Nordic/ECPGR Joint Workshop. European Cooperative Programme for Plant Genetic Resources, Rome, Italy.
  3. Dyntaxa (2016). Svensk taxonomisk databas. Besökt på
  4. Fitzgerald H, Palmé A, Asdal Å, Endresen DTF, Kiviharju E, Lund B, Rasmussen M, Thorbjörnsson H, & Weibull J (2019). A regional approach to Nordic crop wild relative in situ conservation planning. DOI:10.1017/S147926211800059X

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 8027d8d5-c8bc-4d54-bee9-f854f141b442