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Botanic gardens are an untapped resource for studying the functional ecology of tropical plants

Functional traits are increasingly used to understand the ecology of plants and to predict their responses to global changes. Unfortunately, trait data are unavailable for the majority of plant species. The lack of trait data is especially prevalent...

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11/26/18
Guidelines for invasive species planning and management on islands

The purpose of this document is to assist anyone planning and programming the management of invasive species on islands, with the aim of reducing the negative impacts of invasives on islands’ rich and fragile natural heritage, communities and...

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11/15/18
Plants for Planting Manual

The Plants for Planting Manual provides the background, procedures, and reference tables for regulating imported material of plants and vegetative parts that are for or capable of propagation, including buds, bulbs, corms, cuttings, layers, pollen,...

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4/25/18
Crop Wild Relatives

80% of our calorie intake comes from just twelve plant species, 50% of our calories come from just the three big grasses; wheat, maize and rice. What would happen were we to lose one of these crops?

Watch an exclusive interview with Dr. Ruth...

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4/13/18
Ensuring Pollinator Health and Resilience

A special pollinator symposium was held, curated by William Carromero of the USFS and Lisa Smith of the Natural Areas Association. New research, management and restoration practices, and BMPs for pollinators in specific landscape scenarios were...

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3/16/18
A Citizen’s Guide to Creating Pollinator Habitat in Connecticut

This guide is applicable to other states and is a good framework for those interested in creating pollinator habitat. 

Pollination – the transfer of pollen from a male anther to a female stigma – is basic to the sexual reproduction of flowering...

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2/9/18
The Evergreen Native Plant Database

The Native Plant Database is an easy-to-use resource for gardeners across Canada.

Browse for native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses, aquatic and vine species by regions across...

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1/30/18
Reforestation, Nurseries, & Genetic Resources (RNGR)

RNGR mission:

To supply people who grow forest and conservation seedlings with the very latest technical information.

Check out the RNGR site to utilize their national nursery and seed...

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11/17/17
The Agave Blues: Importance of Tequila in Mexican Culture

The Blue Agave (Maguey Azul, Agave tequilana) is an example of a very important plant in Mexico’s history, culture, and commerce. For over two hundred and fifty years, the national drink of Mexico has been produced in and near Tequila, Jalisco....

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7/9/17
Perspectives on the Importance of Preserving Cultivated Germplasm

Heirloom vegetables, heirloom roses… how about heirloom viburnums? What’s happening to older cultivars of genera that don’t have a special interest group championing their cause? This session will explore the...

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9/24/16
Indigenous Plants, Peoples & Programs: Beyond the Exotic

From corpse flowers to night-blooming cacti, displaying and sharing exotic, charismatic specimens can greatly benefit our gardens and drive the gate, but many have even more to offer. Often these specimens...

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9/22/16
Pollinator Friendly Planting Guides

More than 75% of plants rely on pollinators to assist with reproduction, including 1200 plants that are used for food. Pollinator populations are in decline, partly due to climate change, but can be saved if we provide the right habitats. The...

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11/1/15

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