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Storage of Rare and Endangered Plants In Ex Situ Germplasm Banks

The genetic diversity of native plants can be preserved by placing large numbers of seeds or explants in ex situ genebanks. Seeds remain viable for decades if stored at optimum water contents in the freezer or liquid nitrogen. The quality of the seed collected influences the storage procedures used and the longevity achieved. Genebanks play no role in conservation at habitat or ecosystem levels and should be regarded as supplemental to in situ conservation strategies.


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Author(s): Christina Walters

Publication: Native Plants: Propagating and Planting

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