COSAM News Articles 2016 August Tree Gene Conservation Partnership

Tree Gene Conservation Partnership

Published: 08/02/2016

Auburn University's Davis Arboretum joins the national conservation efforts of the American Public Gardens Association who is partnering with the United States Forestry Service’s Forest Health Protection to establish living gene banks of US  threatened tree species, by collecting seed from across its native range to capture broad genetic diversity then distributing propagules to public gardens for safeguarding in ex situ collections. Efforts focus on taxa native to US forests which cannot be conserved through traditional seedbanking methods. Launched in 2015, the Partnership funded four pilot projects leveraging established curatorial groups of the Plant Collections Network.

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