BEACON TRANSCRIPT – The largest yet study of the plants preserved and protected in botanical gardens around the world has shown the level of work needed to ensure the different endangered species of plants will still exist in the future.
Dr. Paul Smith, Secretary General of Botanic Gardens Conservation International, believes this global survey of inventory will aid the gardens of the world in adding to their stocks and increasing the plants’ chance for the future.
Endangered Plants Can be Protected For Future Generations in Botanical Gardens
The global study of the several catalogs of botanical gardens has revealed the important role they are already playing. These plant inventories are considered as being among the best chances of survival for future generations. Around 100,000 plants were recorded to provide a detailed view of the state of the gardens across the planet in terms of the level of preservation already in place.
In total, Dr. Smith said that the number of plants already preserved in gardens had hit approximately one-third of all known species. Although the numbers may sound impressive, there still are causes of concern for those involved in the conservation of endangered plants. These are hoping to further add to the collection of tropical species and also ancient varieties of plants, for example, mosses.
Dr. Smith praised the work already being conducted and in some cases, completed, by gardens across the planet. But he also advised for a touch of caution with the reveal of only 10 percent of such facilities focusing their efforts on endangered varieties. A further issue was identified in the lack of representation of such installations in the Southern Hemisphere. This means that the diverse range of plant life in tropical regions is still rarely preserved and grown in the cooler climes of the Northern Hemisphere.
Dr. Smith praised the work of botanical gardens around the world but stated the most important area of work for the future would be the expansion of the efforts in protecting the endangered plant. He maintains that this offer many species the best chances of survival for the future.
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