Plenary Symposium: Protecting the Diversity of Plants
Carlquist, Sherwin .
Plant Conservation; a reality check.
What are the probable best uses of funds donated for plant conservation? The answers to this question depend on proven successes in this endeavor. Examples are relatively few, but they do offer clear clues to what the most successful strategies are likely to be. The Hawaiian Islands offer a worst case scenario in survivorship of endemic species, but precisely because these islands have shown rapid and severe floristic change, they throw light upon what does and what does not work. Japan, in which the native flora is relatively intact despite long human occupation, offers much information. New Caledonia and some parts of Australia offer much better survivorship of endemic species than volcanic Pacific islands. Such features as iconic value, longevity of individuals, pollination biology, genetic variability, success against invasive species, resistance to introduced animals, pathogen resistance, nature of habitat preferences, and economic value are significant predictors of species survivorship. Information outreach and certain types of research are advocated as having proven value and therefore appeal where investment of resources is concerned.
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1 - Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, California, 93105-2199, USA
Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Location: International Ballroom/Hilton
Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
Time: 11:30 AM