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Regional Botany Special Lecture - Dr. Matthew Albrecht

Albrecht, Matthew [1].

Conservation of Imperiled Midwest Plants.

As a founding member of the Center for Plant Conservation network, the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) applies an integrated strategy to support the conservation of the Midwestern flora. To carry-out this strategy, I will discuss how MBG partners with governmental agencies, universities, and non-profit organizations across several states on research and recovery tasks for imperiled plant species. Research efforts that focuson population demography and genetics inform management strategies on how to reverse declining population trends and prioritize conservation efforts. Recovery efforts focus on maintaining genetically appropriate ex situ collections - primarily through seed-banking - and developing ecologically relevant dormancy-breaking and germination protocols. In turn, ex situ collections and protocols form the foundation of population reintroductions, an increasingly utilized conservation tool that can reduce the extinction risk of rare species in the wild. Finally, I will discuss how global climate change poses unique challenges and opportunities for species-level conservation strategies with the Midwestern flora.

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1 - Missouri Botanical Garden, P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, MO, 63166, USA

rare species
ex situ

Presentation Type: Special Presentation
Session: S4
Location: Lenox Room/Chase Park Plaza
Date: Monday, July 11th, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM
Number: S4001
Abstract ID:869

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