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Botanical gardens devote their resources to the study and conservation of plants, as well as making the world's plant species diversity known to the public. These gardens also play a central role in meeting human needs and providing well-being.
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.
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.
The Standards of Excellence in Plant Collections Management developed by the Plant Co
A companion Self-Assessment Tool is now available to help you evaluate your organization’s current level of collections management.
The papers included in this special issue are mostly based on presentations made at the IABG international conference held at Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden, China, November 2016, which addressed the roles that botanic gardens, both in China and els
The need for integration of ex situ and in situ approaches in conservation of plants has long been recognized.
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.
In 2012, more than two million acres of important sage-brush habitat burned in four Western States.