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Applying for Collections Accreditation with Plant Collections Network

Holding a Nationally Accredited Plant Collection™  is added recognition of your institution’s long-term commitment to plant collections preservation, and to achieving a high standard of excellence in plant collections management. In this presentation,...

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3/10/21
Plant Collections Network: Collections Inventory Template

This template was developed by curators stewarding Nationally Accredited Multisite CollectionsTM. It provides a standardized format and defined data fields for plant records inventories to facilitate coordinated activities among collaborating gardens....

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1/14/21
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
Science and Actions for Species Protection. Noah’s Arks for the 21st Century

The format of this edited volume offers each of the three communities (natural history museums, botanical gardens, zoological gardens) the opportunity to present their cutting-edge research and communications outreach activities. In addition, this...

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5/11/20
Applying the Zoo Model to Conservation of Threatened Exceptional Plant Species

Maintaining a living plant collection is the most common method of ex situ conservation for plant
species that cannot be seed banked i.e. “exceptional” species. Viability of living collections, and their value for future conservation efforts,...

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4/7/20
Collection Development Planning Guide

The primary goal of a Collection Development Plan is to guide the growth of a plant collection in meaningful, strategic, and measurable directions. Development plans are unique for each institution and should be tailored in a way that best suits the...

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8/8/19
Collection Development Planning Guide

The primary goal of a Collection Development Plan is to guide the growth of a plant collection in meaningful, strategic, and measurable directions. Development plans are unique for each institution and should be tailored in a way that best suits the...

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8/7/19
Extending U.S. Biodiversity Collections to Address National Challenges

The U.S. national heritage of approximately one billion biodiversity specimens, once
digitized, can be linked to emerging digital data sources to form an information-rich network
for exploring earth’s biota across taxonomic, temporal and...

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6/26/19
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
The history and impact of digitization and digital data mobilization on biodiversity research

The first two decades of the twenty-first century have seen a rapid rise in the mobilization of digital biodiversity data. This has thrust natural history museums into the forefront of biodiversity research, underscoring their central role in the...

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11/26/18
2018 Plant Collections Symposium Session and Speaker Recordings

October 17 Morning Sessions at University of British Columbia:  

  • Adapting a World-Renowned Botanic Garden to Climate Change-Chris Cole (Speaker): https://www.
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11/13/18
Sustaining the Future of Plant Breeding: The Critical Role of the USDA-ARS National Plant Germplasm System

Plant breeders require genetic diversity to develop cultivars that are productive, nutritious,
tolerant of biotic and abiotic stresses, and make efficient use of water and fertilizer. The USDA-ARS National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) is a...

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10/22/18
Standards of Excellence in Plant Collections Management: Self-Assessment Tool

 A companion Self-Assessment Tool is now available to help you evaluate your organization’s current level of collections management. Use the results along with the...

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5/3/18
Global Genome Biodiversity Network: saving a blueprint of the Tree of Life – a botanical perspective

Genomic research depends upon access to DNA or tissue collected and preserved according to high-quality standards. At present, the collections in most natural history museums do not sufficiently address these standards, making them often hard or...

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4/19/18
Modernizing Plant Records Management

This report introduces readers to digital plant records management, provides a comparative analysis of the leading digital plant recordkeeping tools, and outlines considerations related to use of these tools to enhance plant care, public education, and...

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4/2/18
Provisional Seed Zones: Indispensable Tools for Forest Conservation Assessment

The tenth and first installment of 2018 in the Eastern Seed Zone Forum's online lecture and discussion series aimed at providing both information about the creation of seed zones in general and a forum in which professionals, experts, and interested...

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3/16/18
Conservation utility of botanic garden living collections: Setting a strategy and appropriate methodology

In the realities of the modern world, when the natural habitat is rapidly disappearing and the number of imperiled plants is constantly growing, ex situ conservation is gaining importance. To meet this challenge, botanic gardens need...

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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
Working with Disaster Recovery Companies: What You Need to Know

If your institution is affected by a large-scale disaster, you may very well rely on the services of a disaster recovery company to help get back on your feet. What companies are out there and what services do they offer? How do you vet companies to...

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12/20/17