Progress on Conserving Genetic Diversity in Botanic Gardens: An Update

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Sean Hoban, The Morton Arboretum The world’s botanic gardens and seed banks collectively safeguard millions of plants from more than 100,000 species. However it is not known how many plants should be preserved of each species to conserve genetic diversity and adaptive potential. At The Morton Arboretum, with many collaborators, we have investigated this question over […]

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Coordinating Collections to Conserve Exceptional Species

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Amy Byrne, The Morton Arboretum A 2019 study by Griffith, et al. showed that gardens must collaborate to conserve genetic diversity, especially for exceptional species whose seeds cannot be conventionally seed banked. This process of capturing the genetic diversity of exceptional species in ex situ collections requires a tailored strategy for each species, emphasizing the need […]

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Seed Sampling Improvements for Quercus boyntonii

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Sean Hoban, Emma Spence, and Patrick Thompson, The Morton Arboretum The Morton Arboretum seeks to improve the conservation value and genetic representation in ex situ collections by developing guidance for sampling seed. One example regards IUCN Critically Endangered Quercus boyntonii (Boynton sand post oak), which is endemic to Alabama and only occurs on exposed sandstone […]

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