Ș. ZOICAN1, R. PAȘCALĂU1, Laura ȘMULEAC1, S. M. STANCIU1, R. JIGĂU1, C. ZOICAN1,, F. GUYVENCHY1, L. VORNICU1 1University of Life Sciences “King Mihai I” from Timișoara, Romania raul.pascalau@usvt.ro
The use of Cerasus germplasma, a vital genetic resource encompassing a variety of sour and sweet cherry species, holds immense contemporary importance in the pursuit of sustainable development. In a world increasingly challenged by climate change, resource scarcity, and a growing global population, the utilization of Cerasus germplasma offers multifaceted benefits that contribute to sustainable agriculture, biodiversity conservation, and the promotion of resilient food systems. Cerasus germplasma is renowned for its adaptability to diverse environmental conditions, making it a valuable asset for sustainable agriculture. Its genetic diversity provides opportunities for the development of cherry cultivars with enhanced resistance to pests, diseases, and adverse climatic conditions, reducing the reliance on chemical inputs and fostering ecological balance. Furthermore, Cerasus germplasma has the potential to extend the cherry growing season, increasing crop yields and food security. Conservation of Cerasus germplasma is paramount for preserving biodiversity, as it safeguards genetic resources for future generations. In the face of habitat loss and changing climates, maintaining a robust genetic reservoir of cherry species ensures that unique traits and adaptations are not lost, supporting long-term ecosystem health and resilience. Cerasus germplasma utilization aligns with the principles of sustainable agriculture by reducing waste, promoting local production, and enhancing nutritional value. Cherries are not only rich in vitamins and antioxidants but are also versatile for use in various food products, contributing to diversified diets and reducing pressure on land and water resources. In conclusion, the strategic use of Cerasus germplasma is an essential component of contemporary sustainable development efforts. Its versatility, adaptability, and conservation value make it a valuable resource for addressing the challenges of our time, including climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation, and the establishment of resilient and sustainable food systems. Encouraging research, conservation, and utilization of Cerasus germplasma is a step toward a more sustainable and prosperous future.
cerasus germoplasma, use,impact, importance, sustainable development
environmental engineering
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