THE GENUS MANGIFERA RE-DISCOVERED: THE POTENTIAL CONTRIBUTION OF WILD SPECIES TO MANGO CULTIVATION
A significant fraction of this rich genepool, including wild and semi-cultivated species, is currently on the verge of disappearance. Adequate practical measures must be rapidly implemented to ensure the long term survival of mango genetic resources, by both ex situ and in situ conservation. Representative samples of the diversity of selected species other than M.indica need to be established in living collections for investigation.
In order to exploit fully the potential of wild mango species, a cooperative effort involving all those concerned with mango cultivation and conservation must be made before it is too late.