The Conservation of Wild Plant Species in Seed Banks

ABSTRACT: Current extinction rates of plant and animal species are estimated to be as much as 100- to 1000-fold higher than during the recent geological past, a phenomenon that conservation biologists attribute to wide-scale destruction of natural habitats (Pimm et al. 1995). As natural habitats continue to disappear, there have been increasing efforts to stockpile wild plant species in large, centralized seed banks a form of conservation that falls under the general category of ex situ conservation, or conservation outside the native habitat.

Category: Papers Conservation
Authors: Schoen, D. J. and Brown, A.H.D.
Publication Year: 2001

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