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Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia (2nd Edition)

Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia Strategies and guidelines for developing, managing and utilising ex situ collections (2nd Edition)

Edited by Catherine A. Offord and Patricia F. Meagher

Published by the Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc. (ANPC) in partnership with Australian Seed Conservation and Research (AuSCaR) September 2009


This publication provides best-practice guidelines and standards for the capture, storage and use of wild-plant germplasm for long-term conservation in Australia, including the recovery of threatened plant species and the conservation of genetic diversity in the face of climate change. The guidelines have also been written so as to be accessible and useful to shorter-term projects in the restoration and revegetation industry and community sectors. This book superseded the ANPC’s Germplasm conservation guidelines for Australia (1997), and reflects the great advances in germplasm conservation science and practice over the previous decade.

The main objectives of these guidelines are to present practical recommendations for germplasm conservation with a strong basis in science. Content is relevant for both long-term conservation storage and short-term revegetation seed banking.

This 200 page illustrated book was written by experts in germplasm conservation throughout Australia and covers aspects of:

Chapter 1: Introduction, including plant conservation in the international and Australian contexts

Chapter 2: Options and major considerations for germplasm conservation

Chapter 3: Seed and vegetative material collection

Chapter 4: Seed banking

Chapter 5: Seed germination and dormancy

Chapter 6: Tissue culture

Chapter 7: Cryopreservation

Chapter 8: Living plant collections

Full of practical case studies to demonstrate principles of germplasm conservation in Australia. A handy companion to the ‘Guidelines for the Translocation of Threatened Plants in Australia’ (Third Edition).

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