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Tropical botanical gardens: at the in situ ecosystem management frontier
Author: Chen Jin
ArticleSource: XTBG
Update time: 2009-10-21
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 Tropical botanical gardens (TBGs) should have a leading role in in situ conservation by directly promoting several initiatives, including the reintroduction of important or valuable native species, focused habitat restoration, ‘assisted migration’ of species that are vulnerable to climate change, and creative local collaboration with governments, NGOs and indigenous peoples. Compared with temperate gardens, TBGs face heightened challenges for ex situ conservation, including greater absolute amounts of biodiversity, need for resource mobilization, risk of introducing invasive species and potential genetic introgression within living collections. Meanwhile, the ecosystems surrounding TBGs have undergone widespread and rapid conversion. Here, we provide several illustrations of the effectiveness of TBGs in achieving their mission of preserving tropical biodiversity at the frontier of in situ ecosystem management.


Tropical botanical gardens: at the in situ ecosystem management frontier

Please read more about how tropical botanical gardens contribute to in situ ecosystem management at:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2009.08.010 

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