Publication
Title
Testing the viability of seeds from old herbarium specimens for conservation purposes
Author
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.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Taxon / International Association for Plant Taxonomy. - Utrecht
Publication
Utrecht : 2011
ISSN
0040-0262
Volume/pages
60:2(2011), p. 565-569
ISI
000289587100022
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
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Publication type
Subject
External links
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Creation 31.05.2011
Last edited 17.09.2017
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