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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
PLANT CONSERVATION REPORT 2020: A review of progress towards the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation 2011-2020

The adoption of a Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) in 2002 and its subsequent renewal in 2010 were significant milestones for the Convention on Biological Diversity. Not only did this strategy, its objectives and targets provide a valuable...

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9/25/20
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
Access to crop digital information and the sharing of benefits derived from its use: Background and perspectives

Today's genebanks are essential to maintaining the resilience of the global agricultural system in the face of climate change, new pests and diseases, shifts in trade and dietary preferences, natural
resource limitations, and armed conflicts....

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5/20/20
Network modelling, citizen science and targeted interventions to predict, monitor and reverse bee decline

Pollination is fundamentally important to ecosystem function and human food security.
Recent reports of dramatic insect declines, and pollinator decline in particular,
have increased public awareness and political motivation to act to...

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11/15/19
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
Bees Under Siege From Habitat Loss, Climate Change and Pesticides

The East of England is one of the richest regions for bees in Britain due to the diversity of
habitats present. This report aims to consolidate our knowledge of bees in the East of
England, highlight the species that are most threatened...

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6/3/19
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
IMPLEMENTING CLIMATE AMBITION: Global Covenant of Mayors 2018 Global Aggregation Report

Building upon an initial 6000+ cities committed to GCoM at the time of the signing of the Paris Agreement, cities continue to make significant and ambitious commitments to meet the climate challenge. An additional 1,600+ cities have committed to the...

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4/17/19
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
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
Saving plants, saving ourselves

The future of the Earth and its inhabitants has never been more uncertain, but there
is still time for us to prevent further catastrophe. Plant scientists have a crucial role
to play in the preservation of plant biodiversity and crop...

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12/11/18
Fourth National Climate Assessment

The impacts of climate change are already being felt in communities across the country.
More frequent and intense extreme weather and climate-related events, as well as changes
in average climate conditions, are expected to continue to...

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11/29/18
Biodiversity guidelines for forest landscape restoration opportunities assessments

These Biodiversity guidelines for forest landscape restoration opportunities assessments are intended to provide more context, more resources and fresh perspectives to the ongoing global interaction between biodiversity conservation and forest...

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11/14/18
IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C

This report responds to the invitation for IPCC to provide a Special Report in 2018 on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways’ contained in the Decision of the 21st...

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10/12/18
2018 State of the World's Fungi

The facts and figures contained in the pages of this report and accompanying website will probably come as a total revelation to many people. The first of its kind outlining the state of the world’s fungi, the report highlights just how important fungi...

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9/18/18
A Report from the Urban Forestry Climate Change Response Framework Chicago Wilderness Pilot Project

The urban forest of the Chicago Wilderness region, a 7-million-acre area covering portions of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin, will face direct and indirect impacts from a changing climate over the 21st century. This assessment evaluates the...

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9/12/18
A decision tree for assessing the risks and benefits of publishing biodiversity data

Inadequate information on the geographical distribution of biodiversity hampers decision-making for conservation. Major efforts are underway to fill knowledge gaps, but there are increasing concerns that publishing the locations of species is dangerous...

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8/8/18
Tree Genes Initiative REPORT 2018: Securing our Future Forests by Enhancing Technology, Capacity, and Speed

The first TGI report, published in 2015, identified eight critical gaps slowing the transfer of stress-adapted trees from upstream research to forest owners and managers. The gaps fell into three categories: Innovation, Policy, and Markets. TGI members...

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7/27/18

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