Ex situ plant conservation and beyond

Kayri Havens*, Pati Vitt, Mike Maunder, Edward O. Guerrant, Kingsley Dixon

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In recent years, the mission of many botanic gardens and arboreta has expanded from a traditional focus on developing a horticultural collection to one that includes taking a proactive role in plant conservation. To use their limited resources more effectively, many gardens are seeking ways to quantify their contributions to conservation efforts, both as a self-assessment tool to improve their effectiveness and as a way to give an explicit accounting of activities to donors and funding agencies. We suggest many ways gardens can measure the success of their conservation programs, and present results from a survey conducted to assess current conservation activities at botanic gardens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-531
Number of pages7
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • Botanic garden
  • Conservation strategies
  • Performance indicators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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