Heritage genetics for adaptation to marginal soils in barley

Sidsel Birkelund Schmidt, Lawrie K. Brown, Allan Booth, John Wishart, Pete E. Hedley, Peter Martin, Søren Husted, Timothy S. George, Joanne Russell

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Future crops need to be sustainable in the face of climate change. Modern barley varieties have been bred for high productivity and quality; however, they have suffered considerable genetic erosion, losing crucial genetic diversity. This renders modern cultivars vulnerable to climate change and stressful environments. We highlight the potential to tailor crops to a specific environment by utilising diversity inherent in an adapted landrace population. Tapping into natural biodiversity, while incorporating information about local environmental and climatic conditions, allows targeting of key traits and genotypes, enabling crop production in marginal soils. We outline future directions for the utilisation of genetic resources maintained in landrace collections to support sustainable agriculture through germplasm development via the use of genomics technologies and big data.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalTrends in Plant Science
VolumeSpecial Issue
Issue numberFood Security
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2023


  • Barley landraces
  • Marginal soil
  • Local adaptation
  • Diversity
  • Genetic resilience
  • Climate change


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