Dormant Buds for Long-term Preservation

Temperate woody plants naturally form buds that enter a state of dormancy in the winter months. For genebanks preserving clonal material, it is advantageous to cryopreserve tissue in this state. CSU’s Katheryn Chen discusses the benefits and limitations to this approach, and shows how this process is used to preserve the genetic material of cherry trees and similar plants at the USDA National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation.

This video was made possible thanks to the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant # MG-70-18-0063-18, with support from the Center for Plant Conservation, Colorado State University, and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service.