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The PhenObs initiative – A standardised protocol for monitoring phenological responses to climate change using herbaceous plant species in botanical gardens

Changes in phenology induced by climate change occur across the globe with important
implications for ecosystem functioning and services, species performance and trophic
interactions. Much of the work on phenology, especially leaf out and...

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1/21/21
International collaboration between collections-based institutes for halting biodiversity loss and unlocking the useful properties of plants and fungi

The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 calls for “strong global partnerships and cooperation” to support the other SDGs. The collections-based science community offers many examples of conservation of plant and fungal biodiversity,...

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10/5/20
The global tree restoration potential

The restoration of trees remains among the most effective strategies for climate change
mitigation.We mapped the global potential tree coverage to show that 4.4 billion hectares
of canopy cover could exist under the current climate....

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7/9/20
Wild Plants and You in the Times of COVID19 and the Essential Journey to Sustainability

With the current global spotlight on wild animal markets as a possible source of the COVID-19 epidemic, it is easy to forget that the biggest flows of “wildlife” in trade involve plants, not animals. This report summarises what is known about the trade...

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6/19/20
Caution Needed When Predicting Species Threat Status for Conservation Prioritization on a Global Scale

A widely accepted approach to assess extinction risk, and a key source of data underpinning the IPBES report, is the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (hereafter Red List). However, with only 9%of plants represented by assessments at the latest...

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5/4/20
Assessing the vulnerability of Australia’s urban forests to climate extremes

Urban forests are recognized for the multiple benefits they provide to city‐dwellers.
However, climate change will affect tree species survival and persistence in urban
ecosystems. Tree failures will cause economic losses and jeopardize...

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8/28/19
Conservation Gap Analysis of Native U.S. Oaks

Oaks are critical to the health and function of forest and shrubland habitats in the United States, but many native oaks are threatened with extinction in the wild. Ongoing conservation efforts exist for some species, but with growing threats and...

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7/30/19
Intersecting urban forestry and botanical gardens to address big challenges for healthier trees, people, and cities

Improving urban forests is one of the solutions to achieving several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and making cities healthier and more livable for people. Priority should be given to protecting mature trees and promoting long‐...

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7/15/19
Outreach Tools to Speak Out for Plants and Science

Contact your elected representatives and let them know how you feel about plants, our web of life, and the ecosystem services we all depend upon:

  • Ask them to cosponsor H.R. 1572 The Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research,
  • ...
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5/13/19
Sowing the seeds for interdisciplinary plant research and development in the Tropical Andes

In the Tropical Andes millions of people depend upon the use of wild and domesticated
biodiversity for their livelihoods, but the complex interactions between the
ecological and social components of the region’s ecosystems remain poorly...

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3/8/19
R‐E‐S‐P‐E‐C‐T: How Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is responding to climate change

Climate change is our “biggest challenge,” “most pressing issue” or simply, and starkly, “a crisis.” As expressed in The Xishuangbanna Declaration on Botanical Gardens and Climate Change, there is much we can do as botanic gardens to help the world...

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2/21/19
Madison Square Park Tree Conservation Plan: A Canopy for the Future

This tree plan, not only comprises a history of trees that once stood in the Park and catalogues the trees currently standing, but also directs the succession and maintenance of the tree canopy that future generations of Park users will enjoy. As we...

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12/13/18
Forest and landscape restoration: Toward a shared vision and vocabulary

Our species plays a unique role in the past, present, and future of life on Earth. As primates, we need to eat, drink, sleep, be protected from predators and the elements, socialize, and procreate. As humans, we have the potential to overcome cultural...

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3/15/18
National Seed Strategy: Restoring Pollinator Habitat Begins with the Right Seed in the Right Place at the Right Time

In 2012, more than two million acres of important sage-brush habitat burned in four Western States. In the East, Hurricane Sandy caused not only widespread damage to homes and businesses, but also to native plant communities that stabilize soils and...

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3/15/18
Growing Degree Days

Growing degree days have been used widely for both agriculture and horticulture purposes since the 1950s to track temperature accumulation. Without the stress of drought or other unusual weather conditions, plants typically grow in a stepwise fashion...

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10/28/15
Soil Moisture Data

Soil moisture is a key factor in determining the annual progress of natural environments and human systems. In horticultural and agricultural settings, soil moisture information can aid in making decisions regarding plant variety choice and planting...

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10/28/15
Precipitation

As was felt recently at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, extreme precipitation and flooding can be exceptionally devastating. Excess rains can wash away trails, compromise bridges, and harm many varieties of plants in public gardens. Sometimes no...

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10/28/15
Climate Change Cell Phone Tour

An innovative climate change cell phone tour and pilot project at Longwood Gardens marks the first deliverable in a series of objectives between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and American Public Gardens Association that...

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10/28/15