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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For our February issue of SavePlants, we take a look at some of our imperiled plants that challenge our notion of what a "relationship" should be. Read on to learn about these plant relationships and enjoy the more tongue-in-cheek tone of this month's newsletter.
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!