10 Percent Rule

When making conservation seed collections, preventing harm to the wild population of the focal species is a top priority. The “10 percent rule” aims to tackle this concern, balancing ex situ conservation seed collections and wild population survival, and this rule is central to the Center for Plant Conservation Best Plant Conservation Practices to Support […]

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Conserving Genetic Diversity in Seed Collections

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Joe Davitt, Institute for Conservation Research, San Diego Zoo Global Maintaining a plant species’ genetic diversity can contribute to adaptive potential, prevent inbreeding effects, and potentially preserve traits such as drought tolerance and disease resistance, all of which are critical in a changing climate. Seed collections are often the best method of conserving the genetic diversity of rare plant populations ex-situ, […]

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