The Alpine Seed Conservation and Research Network - a new initiative to conserve valuable plant species in the European Alps

Abstract

Safeguarding plants as seeds in ex situ collections is a cost effective element in an integrated plant conservation approach. The European Alps are a regional centre of plant diversity. Six institutions have established a regional network covering the European Alps which will conserve at least 500 priority plant species and which will improve the conservation status of plant species in grassland communities in the subalpine, alpine and nival altitudinal belts. Targeted research will expand the knowledge of the ecology of target species. Public engagement activities will raise the awareness for the importance of specific conservation actions in the European Alps.

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The Alpine Seed Conservation and Research Network is part of the Alpine Plant Conservation & Research Programme, which is managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and which receives funding from the David and Claudia Harding Foundation to ensure the survival of endangered plants and habitats in the European Alps. This is Programme publication no. 1.

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Müller, J.V., Berg, C., Détraz-Méroz, J. et al. The Alpine Seed Conservation and Research Network - a new initiative to conserve valuable plant species in the European Alps. J. Mt. Sci. 14, 806–810 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11629-016-4313-8

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Keywords

  • Alpine
  • Seed banks
  • Ex situ conservation
  • Plants
  • Europe
  • Natural grasslands
  • Endemic species