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Early botanic gardens served medicine, and then they became important for
biological research as well as for the transfer of crop species around the globe.
Genetic diversity provides the essential basis for the adaptation and resilience of tree species to environmental stress and change.
The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC), with its 16 plant conservation targets was originally adopted by the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 2002.
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.
The Dawes Arboretum 2016 Plant Collections Form is a great resource for gardens looking for example templates on how to collect pertinent field data and notes.
Selecting the geographic origin—the provenance—of seed is a key decision in restoration. The last decade has seen a vigorous debate on whether to use local or nonlocal seed.
This form has been used the past few years at Morton Arboretum for plant collection and data management purposes. It was developed internally and is based on a form developed by NACPEC (North America-China Plant Exploration Consortium).
“Which plants should I grow, and how many?” The IMLS National Leadership Project, Safeguarding our Tree Collections, seeks to answer this fundamental question.
As gardens across North America are recovering from natural disasters including hurricanes and wildfires, it is important to consider collections coverage and security.
The tissue culture and cryopreservation program at The Huntington demonstrates the potential for in vitro collections at botanic gardens and highlights what can be accomplished with a small focused program by using existing capital resources and investi