Genetic Resources Conservation: Ex Situ

Authored by: Mary T. Burke

Encyclopedia of Natural Resources

Print publication date:  July  2014
Online publication date:  June  2014

Print ISBN: 9781439852583
eBook ISBN: 9781351043847
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-ENRL-120020305

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Abstract

Botanical gardens, arboreta, and herbaria hold nearly 50 million documented ex situ plant specimens in scientific collections. As educators, scientists, and conservationists, the staff of these institutions are in a special position to reach the public with ideas, sound information, and inspiration. In addition to their considerable scientific merit, these collections help educate a community of people worldwide and engage with them to preserve and restore the damaged ecosystems of the world.

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