We must mine the biodiversity in seed banks to help to overcome food shortages, urge Susan McCouch and colleagues.

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  1. Susan McCouch is professor of plant breeding and genetics and of plant biology at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

    • Susan McCouch
  2. On behalf of attendees and organizers of the Crop Wild Relative Genomics meeting held in Asilomar, California, in December 2012. See Supplementary Information for full author list.

    • Susan McCouch
  3. Gregory J. Baute and Loren Rieseberg University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

    • Gregory J. Baute
    •  & Loren Rieseberg
  4. James Bradeen University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

    • James Bradeen
  5. Paula Bramel, Hannes Dempewolf, Luigi Guarino, Charlotte Lusty and Jane Toll Global Crop Diversity Trust, Bonn, Germany.

    • Paula Bramel
    • , Hannes Dempewolf
    • , Luigi Guarino
    • , Charlotte Lusty
    •  & Jane Toll
  6. Peter K. Bretting United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Beltsville, Maryland, USA.

    • Peter K. Bretting
  7. Edward Buckler United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); and Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA.

    • Edward Buckler
  8. John M. Burke and Scott Jackson University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA.

    • John M. Burke
    •  & Scott Jackson
  9. David Charest Genome BC, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

    • David Charest
  10. Sylvie Cloutier Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Manitoba Winnipeg, Canada.

    • Sylvie Cloutier
  11. Glenn Cole Pioneer, Woodland, California, USA.

    • Glenn Cole
  12. Michael Dingkuhn Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD), France; and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Baños, the Philippines.

    • Michael Dingkuhn
  13. Catherine Feuillet Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Clermont-Ferrand, France.

    • Catherine Feuillet
  14. Paul Gepts and Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra University of California at Davis, Davis, California, USA.

    • Paul Gepts
    •  & Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra
  15. Dario Grattapaglia and Jose Valls Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA), Brazil.

    • Dario Grattapaglia
    •  & Jose Valls
  16. Sandra Knapp Natural History Museum, London, UK.

    • Sandra Knapp
  17. Peter Langridge Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG), Adelaide, Australia.

    • Peter Langridge
  18. Amy Lawton-Rauh Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA.

    • Amy Lawton-Rauh
  19. Qui Lijua Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China.

    • Qui Lijua
  20. Todd Michael Monsanto Company, Creve Coeur Missouri, USA.

    • Todd Michael
  21. Sean Myles Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

    • Sean Myles
  22. Ken Naito and Norihiko Tomooka National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Tsukuba, Japan.

    • Ken Naito
    •  & Norihiko Tomooka
  23. Randall L. Nelson United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); and the University of Illinois, Urbana Illinois, USA.

    • Randall L. Nelson
  24. Reno Pontarollo Genome Prairie, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

    • Reno Pontarollo
  25. Christopher M. Richards Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado; and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.

    • Christopher M. Richards
  26. Steve Rounsley DowAgro, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

    • Steve Rounsley
  27. Ruaraidh Sackville Hamilton International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Baños, the Philippines.

    • Ruaraidh Sackville Hamilton
  28. Ulrich Schurr Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany.

    • Ulrich Schurr
  29. Nils Stein Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung (IPK), Gatersleben, Germany.

    • Nils Stein
  30. Esther van der Knaap Ohio State University, Wooster, Ohio, USA.

    • Esther van der Knaap
  31. David van Tassel Land Institute, Salina, Kansas, USA.

    • David van Tassel
  32. Rajeev K. Varshney International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, India.

    • Rajeev K. Varshney
  33. Judson Ward Driscoll's, Watsonville, California, USA.

    • Judson Ward
  34. Robbie Waugh James Hutton Institute, Dundee, UK.

    • Robbie Waugh
  35. Peter Wenzl International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), El Batán, Mexico.

    • Peter Wenzl
  36. Daniel Zamir Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel.

    • Daniel Zamir


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