“Exceptional species” produce seeds that cannot be seed banked through conventional methods. For threatened exceptional species, ex situ living collections are critical for safeguarding genetic diversity, but very few living collections today have high conservation value. Fortunately, we have the networks, expertise, and guidelines in place to activate coordinated, scientifically informed collections consortia dedicated to preserving the genetic diversity of priority threatened exceptional plant groups (e.g. oaks, cycads, conifers). Presenters will highlight the expertise, networks, databases, and communication platforms that can be leveraged to establish collections consortia. Attendees will gain valuable knowledge about how to establish conservation consortia to target their own priority threatened taxa.
This session is approved for 1.5 ISA credit hours.