Creating a Global Seed Conservation Directory

by Luigi Guarino on July 11, 2017

This form will be used to populate an online Seed Conservation Knowledge Hub – a directory of facilities, individuals, and expertise in all aspects of seed conservation. Your participation completing this form is supporting the development of a tool that will benefit the seed conservation community. The information you provide in this form (apart from your contact information, unless specified) will be included in an online directory on BGCI’s website.

Now why hasn’t someone thought of this before?

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Dave Wood July 13, 2017 at 11:25 am

Before `online directories’ there was an excellent system of each botanic garden issuing an annual `Index Seminum’, an often ample list of available seed (for free). It seems to be still going. Access to seed was not public but restricted to other botanic gardens. I grew up with this system but it has probably been going for much more than a hundred years. As the major botanic gardens were associated with herbaria (for example, as at Kew) and the seed came from garden voucher specimens, it was identified to the very highest level.

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Luigi Guarino July 13, 2017 at 11:33 am

You may be interested in this recent article. Full version here.

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Dave Wood July 14, 2017 at 6:22 pm

Thanks Luigi – that’s fantastic information. It might be interesting to see how many CWRs could be tracked down in various Index Seminum (s). I think the botanic garden system works under CBD rules, rather than ITPGRFA, but my information is very dated.

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