Plant dynamics and Climate Change in the Andes

Top Ten Botanic Gifts from the Andes

Newton Fund Workshop on Plant Dynamics and Climate Change in the Andes, Mendoza 2018

From the Andes to you frenchfries!


  • Solanum
  • Text by: P. Gonzales
  • Photo: P. Gonzales


The genus Solanum is among the top ten most species-rich genera in the tropical Andes. This genus includes cultivated species of the world’s principal food crops such as potato and tomato. The Andes is the origin centre and the premier centre of Solanum diversity. Also, three of the four cultivated potato species only grown in the Andes, what represents a great genetic diversity linked to these amazing mountain ecosystems.

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