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A Goal within Reach: Implementing a Cryopreservation Program at The Huntington

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...

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6/19/18
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
Guidelines for collecting vouchers and tissues intended for genomic work (Smithsonian Institution): Botany Best Practices

This manual suggests standard practices that will insure the quality and preservation of the tissue and vouchers and their respective data. Although written for use by the Smithsonian Institution botanists it suggests a framework for collecting tissues...

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4/19/18
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
For Endangered Florida Tree, How Far to Go to Save a Species?

The Florida torreya is North America’s most endangered conifer, with less than one percent of its population remaining. Now, scientists are mounting a last-ditch effort to save the torreya and are considering using new gene-editing technologies to...

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3/27/18
Using Genomic Tools to Understand and Manage Adaptation to Climate

Sally Aitken is a Professor and Associate Dean, Research and Innovation, in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, and Director of the Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics. Sally obtained her PhD from the University of...

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3/20/18
Chapter 7: Using the Plant Collection – Research, Conservation, Public Engagement, Recreation and Tourism

As multidisciplinary institutions at the interface between people and plants, botanic gardens are prime centres for botanical research and plant conservation. With plant diversity continuing to decline worldwide, ex situ conservation at botanic gardens...

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3/12/18
Harvesting Native Seed to Supply Landscape-Scale Restoration: Evaluating Risks and Sustainable Practices

Presenter: Justin Meissen, Research and Restoration Program Manager, University of Northern Iowa, Tallgrass Prairie Center

Seed supply limits large-scale restorations, which often rely on seed collection from remnant ecosystems. Overharvesting...

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1/30/18
National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration

The PCA Federal Committee, chaired by the Bureau of Land Management, developed the “National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration 2015-2020” in cooperation with Federal and non-Federal partners. The “National Seed Strategy for...

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1/18/18
A Workflow to Preserve Genome-Quality Tissue Samples From Plants in Botanical Gardens and Arboreta

Internationally, gardens hold diverse living collections that can be preserved for genomic research. Workflows have been developed for genomic tissue sampling in other taxa (e.g., vertebrates), but are inadequate for plants. We outline a workflow for...

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12/19/17
State of the World's Plants 2017

Last year's State of the World’s Plants report focused predominantly on synthesising knowledge of the numbers of different categories of plants: How many vascular plants are currently known to science? How many are threatened with extinction? What is...

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12/12/17
Gene Conservation of Tree Species – Banking on The Future

This publication documents the 81 posters and oral presentations that were made from May 16-19, 2016 in Chicago, IL covering such topics as in situ conservation, ex situ conservation, identifying and assessing ecosystems/species to conserve,...

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12/11/17
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
From Idea to Realization: BGCI's Manual on Planning, Developing, and Managing Botanic Gardens
With an awareness of the global multilateral environmental agreements (or ‘MEAs’) that shape many national laws and conservation initiatives, botanic garden managers can develop policies that foster outward-looking...
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11/1/17
Using Living Collections as an Unparalleled Resource for Research in Plant Conservation

Botanical gardens and their living collections have unique but underutilized resources for plant biology research. Living collections are essentially large common gardens able to advance fields of genetics,...

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9/24/16
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
Collecting for Collections: The Public Garden Role in Tree Gene Conservation

Arboreta and gardens have an ability to fill an important role in germplasm conservation by participating in ex situ collections. Globally, trees are facing a human-driven mass extinction, and our native flora...

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9/24/16
The Arboretum at Flagstaff: Southwest Experimental Garden Array (SEGA)

Scientists conduct cutting-edge research on genetics and climate change across various elevation gradients in northern Arizona.

The...

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10/27/15

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