Wild Relatives of Cultivated Plants (WRCPs).
Wild relatives of cultivated plants (WRCPs) are plant taxa close to
the cultivated plant species in their genetic makeup and evolutionary
relationship. Taxonomic relationship is a fair indicator of the closeness
in the genetic makeup and evolutionary relationship of organisms. Organisms
are also, as usual, classified based on their similarities and differences
among one another. Since it is not so easy to study the genetic makeup of a
large number of organisms whom one wants to classify, the morphological
characters come more handy in such studies. However, there is no need to
restrict oneself to morphological characters only if one can do more.
WRCPs are a component of plant genetic resources (PGRs). Recently these are
gaining more importance since they are being viewed as the store houses of
desirable genetic variations for potential use in plant breeding. Here I give
some details of some WRCPs of my interest.