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Plenary Symposium: Protecting the Diversity of Plants

Schneider, Edward [1].

Protecting the Diversity of Plants.

Protecting the diversity of plants has paramount importance for survival of humankind. The continued and intensifying impacts of a growing human population possesses the potential for a massive loss of biodiversity. Five noted scientists, each with distinguished careers related to global plant diversity, join together to discuss current and future actions and strategies for protecting our irreplaceable plant diversity. Peter Raven discusses the impact of plant conservations organizations such as Botanical Gardens Conservation International and the Center for Plant Conservation and address future threats such as increased global warming. Brain Huntley discusses the South African Cape Floral Province in the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the 2010 targets of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. Stephen Hopper discusses the need for new conservation paradigms for the nutrient-deficient, but species rich landscapes of Southwest Australia. Ghillean Prance discusses the increasing important roles of ex situ conservation, such as seed and pollen storage, maintenance of living collections, and in vitro tissue storage, all in context of accompanying active research programs. Sherwin Carlquist discusses his unique historical perspectives of floras, especially the Hawaiian flora, as predictors of endemic species survivorship.


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1 - Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1212 Mission Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, California, 93105-2199, USA

Keywords:
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Presentation Type: Symposium or Colloquium Presentation
Session: SY06
Location: International Ballroom/Hilton
Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
Time: 8:30 AM
Number: SY06SUM001
Abstract ID:2502


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