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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2014

Decline of the maize landrace cultivation in eastern Serbia

Knežević-Jarić, Jelena; Prodanović, Slaven; Iwarsson, Mattias


State of maize landraces in the eastern Serbia was assessed through a field study and interviews withfarmers to determine both presence and extent of the maize landrace utilization. Results indicated that theextent of maize landraces cultivation in this region has significantly diminished during the last few decades, aswell as that some maize types seem to have disappeared. The landrace cultivation was strongly related totraditional agricultural practices. Farmers claimed that the maize landraces were more resistant tounfavourable environmental conditions. Efforts to conserve the genetic diversity of maize landraces should bedirected to investments into small-scale farming.


Zea mays; landrace; interview; questionnaire; in situ preservation; traditional practice

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Romanian Agricultural Research
2014, volume: 31, pages: 11-16

Authors' information

Knežević-Jarić, Jelena
University of Belgrade
Prodanović, Slaven
University of Belgrade
Iwarsson, Mattias
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Swedish Biodiversity Centre

UKÄ Subject classification

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
Economic Geography

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