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Research on ex situ cycad conservation at Montgomery Botanical Center

14 August 2012

BGCI U.S. is proud to be a partner on a project recently awarded to Montgomery Botanical Center by the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support collections stewardship.

This grant will fund research to develop a plan for managing MBC’s population-based collection of cycads, a group of woody plants found in the subtropical and tropical parts of the world and at risk of extinction.

The collaborative project team will use proven genetic assay techniques to assess the genetic diversity of a botanic garden cycad collection, and then incorporate this information into collections planning for future work devoted to cycad and palm conservation.

Project results will be shared broadly with plant researchers, botanical gardens, research facilities, and the public through websites, tours, educational programming, conferences, reports, and scientific and popular publications.

Montgomery BC is partnering with the USDA Agricultural Research Service Subtropical Horticulture Research Station and Botanic Gardens Conservation International U.S. (BGCI U.S.) to conduct this research, which will directly improve the management of MBC’s Cycad Collection, and help other botanic garden conservation efforts.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, IMLS helps communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning.

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