Strategies and Guidelines for Developing, Managing and Utilising Ex Situ Collections
Catherine A Offord
Patricia F Meagher
Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc.
Strategies to conserve Australia’s unique native plant heritage depend on understanding how plant species function. The collection, storage and study of plant germplasm – whether as seed, tissue samples, frozen samples, or whole plants – helps us gain this knowledge. It provides research material to unlock the secrets of seed dormancy in the lab and in the wild; it allows us to establish new wild populations of threatened species with the best chance of success; and it provides an ‘insurance policy’ of genetically representative samples, to guard against the risk of extinction and the new threat of rapid climate change.
Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia includes the latest advances in ex situ germplasm conservation. Written by many of Australia’s foremost experts, they place the conservation of this country’s unique and varied plant life in a national and international context, outline the key conservation treaties and strategies and provide a practical knowledge-kit for programs requiring germplasm collection, storage, research and utilisation. Content is relevant for both long-term conservation storage and short-term revegetation seed banking.
Presents practical recommendations for germplasm conservation with a strong basis in science
Full of practical case studies to demonstrate principles of germplasm conservation in Australia
Written by experts in germplasm conservation throughout Australia
Chapter 1: Introduction, including plant conservation in the international and Australian contexts
Chapter 2: Options and major considerations for germplasm conservation
Chapter 3: Seed and vegetative material collection
Chapter 4: Seed banking
Chapter 5: Seed germination and dormancy
Chapter 6: Tissue culture
Chapter 7: Cryopreservation
Chapter 8: Living plant collections
"This book provides a mine of information on recent advances in plant germplasm conservation in Australia and beyond ... I cannot think of a better text to recommend on this subject." Professor Stephen D Hopper, Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew