Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 54, Issue 2, pp 267–277 | Cite as

Agrobiodiversity of Hulled Wheats in Asturias (North of Spain)

  • L. Caballero
  • L. M. Martín
  • J. B. Alvarez


Emmer and spelt are two species of hulled wheats that once were widely cultivated in Spain. Today on much reduced extension, these crops are still grown in Asturias (Northern of Spain). A recent expedition to this region was made with the purpose of collecting representative samples of the genetic variability, and compares these materials with those collected previously and conserved in Germplasm Banks. During the field trips, 35 populations were collected with a high diversity, although it was lower than that described in the past. The results of this comparison indicated that great part of this diversity is in risk of further losses in the remain native hulled wheat, mainly due to a progressive introduction of foreigner spelt with better harvest characteristics.

Key words

Agrobiodiversity Emmer Genetic conservation Genetic resources Hulled wheats Spelt Triticum spelta T. dicoccon 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Genética, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos y de Montes, Edificio Gregor Mendel, Campus de RabanalesUniversidad de CórdobaCórdobaSpain

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