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The Wild Celery Network

The Wild Celery Network

As a result of the project "Genetic Reserves for Wild Celery Species (Apium and Helosciadium) as Part of a Network of Genetic Reserves in Germany" (GE-Sell; duration: 2015 to 2019), the first European network of genetic reserves for wild relatives of our crops was established. Target species are the four wild celery species occurring in Germany. The established genetic reserves and their local stakeholders together form the Wild Celery Network.
During the project, plant populations were identified that maximize the intraspecific diversity of each of the four wild celery species in Germany. The coordination unit of the Wild Celery Network is currently establishing 45 genetic reserves for these species. The network of these genetic reserves aims at protecting the intraspecific diversity of the wild celeriac relatives.

Genetic Reserves for Wild Celery

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Occurrence of the four wild celery species in Germany for which genetic reserves have been proposed (symbol: dot) and have already been established (symbol: star).

Genetic reserves have already been established for three of the four species:

  1. Apium graveolens L. subsp. graveolens
    • near Ubstadt-Weiher in Baden-Württemberg
    • near Sülldorf in Saxony-Anhalt
    • near Hecklingen in Saxony -Anhalt
    • near Nidda in Hessen
  2. Helosciadium repens (Jacq.) W. D. J. Koch
    • at Hohennauener See in Brandenburg
    • near Chiemsee in Bavaria
    • near Salgen in Bavaria
    • at the Müritz in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
  3. Helosciadium inundatum (L.) Koch
    • near Warendorf in Nordrhein-Westfalen
    • near Celle in Niedersachsen
    • near Wittingen in Niedersachsen
    • near Dinklage in Niedersachsen
    • near Barneführer Holz in Niedersachsen