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HOW ARE BOTANIC GARDENS IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA AND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA MANAGING THE RISK TO LIVING PLANT COLLECTIONS IN THE EVENT OF WATER SHORTAGE?

Given the time, money and effort expended in the acquisition, establishment, curation and maintenance of a living botanical collection, and the irreplaceable nature of some living collections, it would be reasonable to assume that these living assets would be secured against loss. Using broad survey and in-depth interviews with gardens in the United States and Australia, this research considers what botanic gardens can do to protect their living collections in the face of water shortage.