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Interview with Naomi Fraga, Ph.D., Director of Conservation Programs, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

October 2nd, 2019|

A few years ago, Naomi Fraga became Director of Conservation Programs at RSABG, tasked with formally bringing together their well established and diverse plant conservation projects under one umbrella. Having built her career to help conserve the plants she loves, she has thrived in the role, building upon the garden’s rich history of conservation work.

October 2019 News

October 1st, 2019|

Systematics is the study of the evolutionary relationships of living organisms. Systematics includes taxonomy – the naming and categorization of species, as well as elements of genetics, anatomy, ecology and behavior - all used to understand and classify the origins and diversification of life, including plants.

New Research: Metacollections

September 4th, 2019|

Toward the Metacollection: Announcing IMLS-funded Research Findings Related to Plant Collection Diversity Patrick Griffith from Montgomery Botanical Center spearheaded a multi-institution initiative funded through the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to make recommendations about how botanical gardens can work together to conserve plant genetic diversity in plant metacollections. Defined as a collection of a plant species [...]

Interview with Michael Way, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

September 3rd, 2019|

As the Conservation Partnership Coordinator for the Americas, Michael Way is the representative from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, that the majority of CPC institutions are most familiar with. He has collaborated with and supported many of the Participating Institutions’ seed banks for decades, and continues to support seed banking across Canada, the USA, Mexico, and Chile today.

September 2019 News

August 29th, 2019|

The strength of CPC has always been its partnerships. In its founding, the central idea was - and is today - to bring together a wide variety of groups interested in saving plants so that all will learn, grow and become more effective at conservation. A testament to this is the value that the CPC National Meeting brings to our partners. The meeting and related events bring together our partners, fostering community, building collaborations and strengthening bonds - bonds that oftentimes become true friendships. In this way, the "CPC family" is truly greater than the sum of its parts.

Interview with Jennifer Possley

August 5th, 2019|

Working in the subtropics at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden means that Jennifer Possley has given plenty of blood and sweat to save rare plants. Her multiple talents as an observant naturalist, GIS specialist, careful scientist, brilliant photographer, not to mention her congenial personality, have made her an invaluable leader helping to preserve endangered plants.

August 2019 News

August 2nd, 2019|

Islands are indeed paradise. These remarkably special places have all of the allure and romance we often imagine, but are also incredibly challenged in the face of a rapidly changing world. In this month's Save Plants newsletter, we focus on the rare plants under threat on islands and highlight the incredible efforts of those working to save them.

July 2019 News

July 15th, 2019|

This month we are featuring just one article - giving you a taste of what is in store for our August issue about rare plants and islands. Please enjoy this month’s feature article about the recent work on islands off the coast of California and Mexico. Get a feel of what it’s like to travel to these islands and the challenges plant conservationists face.

Mrs. Meyers tours Chicago in support of Center for Plant Conservation

June 26th, 2019|

Our friends at Mrs. Meyers Clean Day are deep into their Rooted in Goodness Spring Tour and donating to CPC along the way. They are hitting the road visiting community events and festivals to spread a little goodness across the U.S. To celebrate their tour in Texas we are sharing some of the good works of our Texas based Participating Institutions. Check out some of the great conservation going on in the Lone Star State.

Interview with Jason Ligon, ABG

June 20th, 2019|

Applying the horticultural expertise necessary for maintaining botanical gardens to conservation, Jason Ligon’s work exemplifies an important role botanical gardens can play in conservation. The special requirements of orchids have been dialed in by Atlanta Botanical Garden staff to produce plants for the garden and reintroductions, a process Jason has been a key part of while volunteering at the garden and as the Tissue Culture and Seed Bank Coordinator.

June 2019 News

June 17th, 2019|

This month’s issue of SavePlants highlights one of the most inspiring of all plant families, the orchids. Unfortunately, what makes orchids so irresistible also makes them prone to exploitation and loss. Many orchids are among the most imperiled species on the planet. Read more about how CPC is working to protect this beautiful plant family.

Interview with Matthew Albrecht, PH.D.

May 20th, 2019|

CPC awarded Matthew Albrecht the 2019 Star Award in recognition of his dedication to conserving the flora of the United States and for his outstanding scientific paper published this year in Conservation Biology that garnered CPC network expertise, fostered true collaboration, and helped shed light to improve the critical conservation practice of plant reintroduction for the benefit of the world’s rarest plant species.

Mrs. Meyers tours Texas in support of Center for Plant Conservation

May 17th, 2019|

Our friends at Mrs. Meyers Clean Day are deep into their Rooted in Goodness Spring Tour and donating to CPC along the way. They are hitting the road visiting community events and festivals to spread a little goodness across the U.S. To celebrate their tour in Texas we are sharing some of the good works of our Texas based Participating Institutions. Check out some of the great conservation going on in the Lone Star State.

May 2019 News

May 13th, 2019|

In this month’s issue of SavePlants we review some of the highlights from our 2019 Annual National Meeting. This three-day conference brought together the leaders in plant conservation of the CPC Participating Institutions (PIs) to share and learn cutting-edge science and technology. These are the researchers who are acting now, and with unprecedented success, to save plants from extinction.

April 2019 News

April 10th, 2019|

Natural lands. Regardless of what we call them, these tracts of land dominated by native plants, animals, fungi, and all manner of microorganisms form the living fabric of our planet. Center for Plant Conservation Participating Institutions are often the first line of defense in protecting these vital habitats where many imperiled species hang on to their very existence.

March 2019 News

March 13th, 2019|

Celebrating International Women’s Day, we highlight a few of the careers of notable women among us working every day in the name of plants. From in-the-field conservationists to lab-based conservation geneticists, and every conservation job in between, women are making our mission possible.

January 2019 News

January 16th, 2019|

In this month’s issue of SavePlants, we highlight the tools and techniques that are on the cutting edge of plant conservation science, encapsulated and shared via the CPC guidelines. From cryopreservation to advanced genetics, plant conservation involves far more than collecting and growing out seeds. Read on to understand more about what it takes to Save Plants!