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3rd Science in Botanic Gardens Congress to be held in Gran Canaria, April 1-4, 2014

2 December 2013

The 3rd Science in Botanic Gardens Congress, being organized in association with BGCI,  will be held from Tuesday April 1st - Friday April 4th, 2014 at the Viera y Clavijo Botanical Garden in Gran Canaria.

The conference will take place at the Gabinete Literario de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a historic building in the old Triana-Vegueta district of the city. The conference sessions will be held in the Gold Ball Room situated on the first floor of the building.

The Conference will be organized around two major themes:

Theme 1. Botanic gardens and taxonomy, cataloguing plant diversity
The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) has been widely adopted, particularly by the botanic garden community, and has resulted in many successes despite failing for the time being to achieve its ultimate goal of halting the loss of plant biodiversity. To be successful in achieving this ultimate goal, the scientific contribution of botanic gardens needs to be strengthened, as does government policy and commitment. Botanic garden research to support conservation action has a major part to play, and needs to be better understood and better coordinated.

Theme 2. The role of molecular biology in understanding plant genetic diversity and its conservation
The conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources are essential to the sustainable development of agricultural production. From a practical perspective, plant genetic resources comprise the diversity of genetic material contained in traditional varieties and modern cultivars, as well as crop wild relatives and other wild plant species that can be used, now or in the future, for food and agriculture, including resources which contribute to people’s livelihoods by providing food, medicine, feed for domestic animals, fibre, clothing, shelter, energy and a multiple of other products and services. All these services can only be properly attained using the results of scientific research on the origins and diversification of wild biodiversity, and applying these results to its conservation and management.

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