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A future for cacti?
The Ghent University Botanical Garden and Research Group Spermatophytes collaborate with BGCI on several projects to assess the conservation value of ex situ collections.
Using the data provided by BGCI's PlantSearch database and individual botanic gardens, samples from selected species have been requested to use in a molecular study to assess the genetic diversity present in ex situ collections. The genetic diversity present in botanic garden collections will be compared with the total genetic diversity present in the wild populations of these species in Chile. A representative set of samples of wild populations was collected recently in Chile in collaboration with the Jardín Botánico Nacional in Viña del Mar.
Further information about the project is available from Isabel Larridon, the project leader at Ghent University.
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