What to Know Before You Go: Maximizing Genetic Diversity in Seed Collections

The goal of any conservation seed collection is to capture the genetic diversity represented within the target population and conserve it ex-situ. But it’s not always as simple as it sounds. Every population of every plant species is different. In this video we’ll discuss how we can use a species’ natural history to guide our seed collecting efforts, and how we can avoid human bias to ensure we maximize both the genetic diversity captured and the conservation benefits to the target species.