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Perspectives on orchid conservation in botanic gardens


Swarts, ND and Dixon, KW, Perspectives on orchid conservation in botanic gardens, Trends in Plant Science, 14, (11) pp. 590-598. ISSN 1360-1385 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.tplants.2009.07.008


Orchids, one of the largest families of flowering plants, face an uncertain future through overexploitation, habitat loss and impacts of climate change. With their intricate abiotic and biotic dependencies, orchids typify the plight of global plant resources and, thus, provide ideal model species for ecological tracking and focussing conservation programs. Botanic gardens worldwide have traditionally been major centres of excellence in orchid horticulture, research and conservation as orchids generate wide public and educational appeal. Here, we highlight the role of botanic gardens in areas key to orchid conservation. Withpristinehabitatsunder threat globally, the challenge for orchid Conservation programs will ultimately depend upon developing ecological restoration technologies, whereby orchids are reinstated into sustainably restored habitats.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Swarts, ND (Dr Nigel Swarts)
ID Code:72099
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:71
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2011-08-22
Last Modified:2014-12-07
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