As Seen on CPC’s Rare Plant Academy: Assessing Sites In the Field before Conservation Seed Collection
Prior to making conservation collections from wild populations, it is important to conduct site assessments of your target populations. In this Rare Plant Academy video written by Jason Ligon of Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Southeast Center for Conservation, discover some methods to conduct site assessments for most effective conservation collections. These site assessments allow you to ensure your conservation collection maximizes genetic diversity represented ex situ without harming the population you are collecting from. Important factors to consider include population size and fecundity to account for how much seed can be collected from each individual in each year. Check out the “seed collection” tag on the Rare Plant Academy Video Library to watch many more videos and learn more methods for conducting conservation focused collections!