The Crop Wild Relatives Global Atlas is a major product of a 10 year global initiative to collect, conserve, and utilize the wild relatives of crop plants in order to aid in the adaptation of major food crops to present and future climate change. During the first four years of the project (2011-2014), we collaborated with researchers in herbaria, genebanks, universities, and international and national agricultural and biodiversity institutions to share information and knowledge on the identity, distributions, and conservation priorities for these crop wild relatives. A global dataset of over 5.5 million occurrence records was constructed, including over 2 million records via GBIF. These records were further processed in regard to taxonomic and locality information, and then used to produce potential distribution models using the MaxEnt algorithm. These potential distribution models were then compared to where the wild species have already been collected and conserved in genebanks, in order to determine how well represented the species are ex situ, and to expose geographic gaps in these genebank collections. The results are being used by national and international partners around the world to collect crop wild relatives in order to improve present and future food security. The taxonomic and geographic data, the collected wild relatives, and the breeding material resulting from crosses between the relatives and their crops are openly available to the global community under the terms and conditions of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
Please note, the submission product is the website itself (http://www.cwrdiversity.org/distribution-map/); the photos, infographic, and explanatory video below are supplementary.