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Dr Cecilia Koo Botanic Conservation Center

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Taiwan - Pingtung County

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International Agenda Registration: No

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About the Dr Cecilia Koo Botanic Conservation Center

Dr. Cecilia Koo Botanic Conservation Center (KBCC), is a non-governmental organization for tropical plant conservation in Taiwan, founded in 2007. KBCC’s mission is to conserve tropical and sub-tropical plants and maintain rich biodiversity on earth. In order to fulfill this mission, our present goal is to collect 40,000 different taxa and become the largest shelter of tropical plants on earth by 2027. The ultimate aim is to reintroduce plants back to the wild environment. The abundant plants, currently housed in 17 greenhouses, are under professional management.

The center has facilities for both tissue culture and cryo-preservation and currently runs a 'Deep Frozen' cryopreservation project with a target of 240,000 specimens from the collections at KBCC.

KBCC also has partnerships with international organizations such as Fairy Lake Botanic Garden and the Chinese Academy of Sciences to conserve the plants of Southern China as well as The Solomon Islands to survey, collect vouchers and living specimens of native flora (http://siflora.nmns.edu.tw).

In addition to practical plant conservation, KBCC also plays an important role in research and education. Scientists are invited to use the resources from KBCC for research and students join the center for internships as well as through the Future Earth Ecology Project to educate the young future scientists of Taiwan.

Main Address:
Dr Cecilia Koo Botanic Conservation Center
No 31, Tongsing Rd
Gaoshu Township
Pingtung County 90646 Taiwan

Telephone: 886.8.796.0913
Fax: 886.8.796.0913
URL: http://www.kbcc.org.tw/tw/
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. Chia-Wei Li
    Curator's Name: Chun-Ming Chen
    Plant Records Officer's Name: Sheng-Sian Dai
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 19
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number: 7
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: Private: Yes
    Status: State: No
    Status: Educational: No
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: No
    Status: Trust: Yes
  • Date founded: 2007
  • Physical Data
  • Total Area: 20 Hectares
    Latitude: 22.803771
    Longitude: 120.604733
    Annual Rainfall: 3000 mm
    Altitude: 84.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 35000 Metres
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: 辜嚴倬雲植物保種中心
  • Local Address: 90646 屏東縣高樹鄉源泉村同興路31號
  • Locality: City:
  • Locality: State:

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: No
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: Yes
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: No

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 30555
  • Special Collections:KBCC has targeted 18 plant groups as major conservation targets including Aquatic Plants, Araceae, Asclepiadaceae, Bambusoideae, Begoniaceae, Bromeliaceae, Carnivorous plants, Gesneriaceae, Heliconiaceae, Marantaceae, Musaceae, Orchidaceae, Palmae, Pteridophyte, Rutaceae, Succulents, Theaceae and Zingiberaceae.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: Yes
    Conservation - Biology: Yes
    Conservation - Genetics: Yes
    Exploration: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: Yes