Exceptional Plant Conservation Network

The goal of this website will be to provide information and opportunities for connection and collaboration for researchers working with exceptional plant species.

Exceptional plants are those that cannot be conserved long-term using conventional seed banking methods. This includes species with recalcitrant seeds or with few or no seeds available for banking. Such species require alternative methods for ex situ conservation which rely heavily on cryopreservation and in vitro methods.

We will be developing this site over the next few months and plan to include a list of exceptional species, which we will invite others to review and add to, information and links to information on the species and the alternative conservation methods, ways to link to other researchers working with exceptional species, as well as other supplemental information.

We invite comments and suggestions as we develop this site:  [email protected]

Exceptional plants were the focus of a Roundtable Discussion at the  6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress in Geneva, Switzerland, June 26-30, 2017, entitled: Advancing the ‘Exceptional Plant Conservation Network’: addressing challenges, making connections and taking action for species that cannot be conserved through conventional seed bank approaches.

A summary of the Roundtable Discussion can be found here.