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Cornell Botanic Gardens: Invasive Plant Policy

A policy document developed to balance the public garden mission of holding diverse horticultural collections with the conservation mission of preserving natural areas and the broader environment.

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3/2/21
Creating a pollinator garden for native specialist bees of New York and the Northeast

The guide provides a detailed the native plants of New York that are crucial for supporting native specialist bees; including, where the region or habitat the plant occurs naturally, date of bloom, color of bloom, plant structure, how to obtain seeds...

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8/31/20
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
Core Collections: Focusing and Prioritizing the Living Collections

Public gardens designate Core Collections to focus efforts and achieve excellence among a manageable set of defined plant groups. These “strong suits” help define a garden’s identity and contribute directly to its mission. Their designation formally...

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5/8/20
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
Plants on the Move: How Public Gardens Can Help Control Invasive Plants

Public botanical gardens and arboreta are living museums and as such, their core missions
include the collection and display of herbaceous and woody plants from their local region or
from around the world. To fulfil this mission, gardens...

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1/23/20
Guidelines for Listing, Categorizing and Sharing Information on Plant Taxa Spreading from Cultivation at Public Gardens in North America

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide a consistent methodology for public garden staff to develop and categorize a list of cultivated taxa observed escaping from their locations of cultivation. The recommendations are meant to guide public...

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1/23/20
Sarah P. Duke Gardens Storm Preparation Plan

Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, North Carolina has put together a storm preparedness plan in anticipation of more frequent extreme storms. 

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12/11/19
Montgomery Botanical Center Disaster and Response Protocols and Resources

The increased hurricane activity predicted for future decades has serious implications for the important work of Montgomery Botanical Center (MBG). The recovery process at and any garden begins immediately following each hurricane, but preparedness is...

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12/6/19
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery Plan

This Plan is intended to outline plans for preparing for emergencies and for immediate response and short-term recovery efforts in an emergency. In addition, it contains plans for the security of the Arboretum's living and non-living collections and...

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12/5/19
Material Transfer Agreement: Living Collections Access and Distribution Form

This is an example from Denver Botanic Gardens of a Material Transfer Agreement:
Living Collections Access and Distribution Form. 

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8/21/19
Genetic homogenisation of two major orchid viruses through global trade‐based dispersal of their hosts

Orchid viruses are capable of causing flower deformities and death, which can severely
impact the horticultural industry and wild orchid conservation. Here we show
how two of these quickly evolving viruses display few genetic differences...

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8/12/19
Plant Collections Policy for Toledo Botanical Garden

This newly updated document provides the essential components and guidelines for the development and management of the living collections at Toledo Botanical Garden (TBG.)

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5/29/19
Training in Plant Genetic Resources Management: A Way Forward

The USDA-ARS National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) is a coordinated network of 19 genebank locations throughout the United States that perform research to acquire, maintain,
regenerate, document, distribute, characterize, and evaluate plant...

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3/26/19
Herbarium Practices and Ethics, III

The Systematics Collections Committee of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists has updated the recommendations on herbarium practices and ethics that were previously published by the Society in 1958 and 1973. The recommendations and considerations...

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2/19/19
Botanic Garden of Smith College Collections Policy 2018

The purpose of the Collections Policy is to guide the curation of the plants that are accessioned and maintained by the Botanic Garden of Smith College in the Lyman Conservatory, campus arboretum, named gardens, campus plantings, and natural areas. The...

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1/30/19
CPC Best Plant Conservation Practices to Support Species Survival in the Wild

These best practices represent a compilation of previous CPC guidelines with updated
recommendations from current research on rare plant conservation. Seed science is a rapidly growing field. To keep abreast of changes in technology and practice...

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12/19/18
Adapting to the Recurring Threat of Wildfire: Botanic Garden Case Studies and Lessons Learned

The below case studies were collected and shared in a September 2018 Newsletter from the Center for Plant Conservation. 

Based on an interview with Denise Knapp, Director of...

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11/26/18
Introduction to Access and Benefit-Sharing

Access and benefit-sharing (ABS) refers to the way in which genetic resources
may be accessed, and how the benefits that result from their use are shared
between the people or countries using the resources (users) and the people or...

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10/31/18
Taxonomy based on science is necessary for global conservation

Taxonomy is a scientific discipline that has provided the universal naming and classification system of biodiversity for centuries and continues effectively to accommodate new knowledge. A recent publication by Garnett and Christidis expressed concerns...

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9/17/18

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