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1. The role of botanical gardens in scientific research, conservation, and citizen science

August 2018
Gao Chen | Weibang Sun

Plant diversity is currently being lost at an unprecedented rate, resulting in an associated decrease in ecosystem services. About a third of the world's vascular plant species face the threat of extinction...

2. Plant diversity in a changing world: Status, trends, and conservation needs

February 2016
Richard T. Corlett

The conservation of plants has not generated the sense of urgency—or the funding—that drives the conservation of animals, although plants are far more important for us. There are an estimated 500,000...

3. Physiological diversity of orchids

August 2018
Shibao Zhang | Yingjie Yang | Jiawei Li | Jiao Qin | Wei Zhang | Wei Huang | Hong Hu

The Orchidaceae is a diverse and wide spread family of flowering plants that are of great value in ornamental, medical, conservation, and evolutionary research. The broad diversity in morphology, growth...

4. Effect of salinity on seed germination, growth and ion content in dimorphic seeds of Salicornia europaea L. (Chenopodiaceae)

August 2016
Nikolai Orlovsky | Ulbasyn Japakova | Huifan Zhang | Sergei Volis

The halophyte Salicornia europaea L. is a widely distributed salt-tolerant plant species that produces numerous dimorphic seeds. We studied germination and recovery in dimorphic seeds of Central Asian...

5. Recovery of threatened plant species and their habitats in the biodiversity hotspot of the Southwest Australian Floristic Region

April 2019
Leonie Monks | Sarah Barrett | Brett Beecham | Margaret Byrne | Alanna Chant | David Coates | J. Anne Cochrane | Andrew Crawford | Rebecca Dillon | Colin Yates

The Southwest Australian Floristic Region (SWAFR) is a global biodiversity hotspot with high plant diversity and endemism and a broad range of threatening processes. An outcome of this is a high proportion...

6. Current understanding of maize and rice defense against insect herbivores

August 2018
Jinfeng Qi | Saif ul Malook | Guojing Shen | Lei Gao | Cuiping Zhang | Jing Li | Jingxiong Zhang | Lei Wang | Jianqiang Wu

Plants have sophisticated defense systems to fend off insect herbivores. How plants defend against herbivores in dicotyledonous plants, such as Arabidopsis and tobacco, have been relatively well studied,...

7. Plant diversity of the Kangchenjunga Landscape, Eastern Himalayas

June 2019
Pratikshya Kandel | Nakul Chettri | Ram P. Chaudhary | Hemant Kumar Badola | Kailash S. Gaira | Sonam Wangchuk | Namgay Bidha | Yadav Uprety | Eklabya Sharma

The Kangchenjunga Landscape (KL) in the Eastern Himalayas is a transboundary complex shared by Bhutan, India, and Nepal. It forms a part of the ‘Himalayan Biodiversity Hotspot’ and is one of the biologically...

8. Conserving plants within and beyond protected areas – still problematic and future uncertain

April 2019
Vernon H. Heywood

Against a background of continuing loss of biodiversity, it is argued that for the successful conservation of threatened plant species we need to ensure the more effective integration of the various...

9. Pollination ecology in China from 1977 to 2017

August 2018
Zongxin Ren | Yanhui Zhao | Huan Liang | Zhibin Tao | Hui Tang | Haiping Zhang | Hong Wang

China is one of most biodiverse countries in the world, containing at least 10% of all angiosperm species. Therefore, we should anticipate a diverse, pollinator fauna. China also has a long history...

10. Elevational changes in vascular plants richness, diversity, and distribution pattern in Abune Yosef mountain range, Northern Ethiopia

August 2019
Kflay Gebrehiwot | Sebsebe Demissew | Zerihun Woldu | Mekbib Fekadu | Temesgen Desalegn | Ermias Teferi

The aim of this research is to investigate the patterns of vascular plant species richness, diversity, and distribution along an elevation gradient in the Abune Yosef mountain range, Ethiopia. Preferential...

11. Tibet, the Himalaya, Asian monsoons and biodiversity – In what ways are they related?

October 2017
Robert A. Spicer

Prevailing dogma asserts that the uplift of Tibet, the onset of the Asian monsoon system and high biodiversity in southern Asia are linked, and that all occurred after 23 million years ago in the Neogene....

12. Diversity and conservation of Chinese wild begonias

June 2018
Daike Tian | Yan Xiao | Yi Tong | Naifeng Fu | Qingqing Liu | Chun Li

Begonia, one of the most diverse plant taxa and the fifth or sixth largest angiosperm genus, consists of over 1800 accepted species. The number of species recognized within this genus has greatly increased...

13. Plant conservation in the Anthropocene – Challenges and future prospects

December 2017
Vernon H. Heywood

Despite the massive efforts that have been made to conserve plant diversity across the world during the past few decades, it is becoming increasingly evident that our current strategies are not sufficiently...

14. Conservation-oriented restoration – a two for one method to restore both threatened species and their habitats

April 2019
Sergei Volis

There is an urgent need for a new conservation approach as mere designation of protected areas, the primary approach to conserving biodiversity, revealed its low conservation efficiency and inability...

15. The contribution of botanic gardens to ex situ conservation through seed banking

December 2017
Katherine O'Donnell | Suzanne Sharrock

Target 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation calls for ‘at least 75 per cent of threatened plant species in ex situ collections, preferably in the country of origin, and at least 20 per cent...

16. History and conservation of wild and cultivated plant diversity in Uganda: Forest species and banana varieties as case studies

February 2016
Alan C. Hamilton | Deborah Karamura | Esezah Kakudidi

The history of wild and cultivated plant diversity in Uganda is reviewed, taking forest species and bananas as examples. Palynological research into past human influences on forests is reassessed. The...

17. ROS and oxidative burst: Roots in plant development

Available online 28 October 2019
Anuj Choudhary | Antul Kumar | Nirmaljit Kaur

Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are widely generated in various redox reactions in plants. In earlier studies, ROS were considered toxic byproducts of aerobic metabolism. In recent years, it has become...

18. Evaluating germinability of eight desert halophytes under long-term seed storage: Implications for conservation

August 2019
Sanjay Gairola | Hatem A. Shabana | Tamer Mahmoud | Ali El-Keblawy | Andrea Santo

Ex situ conservation in seed banks is a potential complementary conservation strategy for native plant species. It is well established that ex situ seed banking of native wild plants prolongs seed viability...

19. Botanic gardens should lead the way to create a “Garden Earth” in the Anthropocene

December 2017
Charles H. Cannon | Chai-Shian Kua

The strength and expertise that botanic gardens bring to conservation are based on their detailed knowledge and understanding of the care, management, and biology of a diversity of plant species. This...

20. Species diversity in restoration plantings: Important factors for increasing the diversity of threatened tree species in the restoration of the Araucaria forest ecosystem

April 2019
Taylor E. Shaw

The Araucaria forest ecosystem in southern Brazil is highly threatened: less than one percent of the original forest remains, and what is left is a fragmented agro-mosaic of mostly early-to-late secondary...

21. Capturing, protecting and restoring plant diversity in the UK: RBG Kew and the Millennium Seed Bank

April 2019
Ted Chapman | Stephanie Miles | Clare Trivedi

Ex situ seed banking is a practical and cost-effective means of preserving wild plant diversity and a crucial complement to the in situ conservation and restoration of species and habitats. As pressures...

22. Phoenix phylogeny, and analysis of genetic variation in a diverse collection of date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) and related species

October 2019
Srinivasa R. Chaluvadi | Porter Young | Kentrez Thompson | Bochra Amina Bahri | Bhavesh Gajera | Subhash Narayanan | Robert Krueger | Jeffrey L. Bennetzen

Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera), one of the most ancient crops, is grown commercially in >30 countries. Using whole plastome assemblies, phylogenetic analyses revealed that cultivated date palm accessions...

23. Plant phylogenomics based on genome-partitioning strategies: Progress and prospects

August 2018
Xiangqin Yu | Dan Yang | Cen Guo | Lianming Gao

The rapid expansion of next-generation sequencing (NGS) has generated a powerful array of approaches to address fundamental questions in biology. Several genome-partitioning strategies to sequence selected...

24. Forest characteristics and population structure of Glyptostrobus pensilis, a globally endangered relict species of southeastern China

August 2019
Cindy Q. Tang | Yongchuan Yang | Arata Momohara | Huan-Chong Wang | Hong Truong Luu | Shuaifeng Li | Kun Song | Shenhua Qian | Ben LePage | Yi-Fei Dong | Peng-Bin Han | Masahiko Ohsawa | Buu Thach Le | Huu Dang Tran | Minh Tri Dang | Ming-Chun Peng | Chong-Yun Wang

The Chinese water pine Glyptostrobus pensilis is the sole surviving species of the genus Glyptostrobus. It is endemic to southern China, central Vietnam, and eastern Laos, and today it is nearly extinct...

25. Conservation utility of botanic garden living collections: Setting a strategy and appropriate methodology

December 2017
Sergei Volis

In the realities of the modern world, when the natural habitat is rapidly disappearing and the number of imperiled plants is constantly growing, ex situ conservation is gaining importance. To meet this...

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