Title
Testing the viability of seeds from old herbarium specimens for conservation purposes Testing the viability of seeds from old herbarium specimens for conservation purposes
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Biology
Publication type
article
Publication
Utrecht ,
Subject
Biology
Source (journal)
Taxon / International Association for Plant Taxonomy. - Utrecht
Volume/pages
60(2011) :2 , p. 565-569
ISSN
0040-0262
ISI
000289587100022
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Abstract
Plant collections in herbaria are potentially valuable seed sources for conservation and recovery. This paper explores the feasibility of "resurrecting" 26 extinct taxa from the Belgian flora by analysing the viability of seeds from old herbarium specimens that had been stored for 23 to 158 years. Seed viability was estimated by performing germination tests according to standard procedures. Germination was achieved for eight seeds from three herbarium specimens of a single species, Bupleu- rum tenuissimum, aged 101, 125 and 144 years. Seed maturity, storage conditions and seed senescence were the main factors influencing the viability of the investigated seeds.
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