Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 66, Issue 1, pp 177–193 | Cite as

The East Asiatic region of crop plant diversity

  • Bo Liu
  • Karl HammerEmail author
  • Sizhao Liu
  • Chunlin LongEmail author
Research Article


Crop plant diversity of E Asiatic region (China, Japan and Korea Peninsula) is extremely interesting because of the region’s high level of plant diversity resources and long history of cultivation and domestication, while an inventory of crop plant diversity in this area is still not fully recorded. Crop diversity protects food consumption, especially in poor households within developing nations. This review aims to provide an inventory and a summary of the crop plants in this area, in order to further understand the importance of crop plant diversity and its conservation. In total 175 families, 640 genera and 1484 species were recorded in this paper based on extensive literature reviews and own field work.


Centers of origin Crop plant diversity Literature review East Asia 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31761143001, 31870316, 31161140345, 31400182), Minzu University of China (2015MDTD16C, YLDXXK201819), the Key Laboratory of Ethnomedicine (Minzu University of China) of Ministry of Education of China (KLEM-ZZ201806), and Ministry of Education of China and State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs of China (B08044).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Life and Environmental SciencesMinzu University of ChinaBeijingChina
  2. 2.Institute of BotanyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  3. 3.Kassel UniversityWitzenhausenGermany
  4. 4.Kunming Institute of BotanyChinese Academy of SciencesKunmingChina

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