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

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Vol14 No.4: 806-810

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

Author】MÜLLER Jonas V1*; BERG Christian2; DÉTRAZ-MÉROZ Jacqueline3; ERSCHBAMER Brigitta4; FORT Noémie5; LAMBELET-HAUETER Catherine3; MARGREITER Vera4; MOMBRIAL Florian3; MONDONI Andrea6; PAGITZ Konrad4; PORRO Francesco6; ROSSI Graziano6; SCHWAGER Patrick2; BREMAN Elinor1

Addresses】1 Millennium Seed Bank, Conservation Science, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, West Sussex RH17 6TN, United Kingdom; 2 Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Botanischer Garten, Holteigasse 6, 8010 Graz, Austria; 3 Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève, Case Postale 60, CH-1292 Chambésy (GE), Switzerland; 4 Institute of Botany; University of Innsbruck, Sternwartestraße 15, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria; 5 Conservatoire botanique national alpin, Domaine de Charance, 05000 Gap, France; 6 Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e dell'Ambiente, Università degli studi di Pavia, Via S. Epifanio 14, Pavia, Italy

Corresponding author】j.mueller@kew.org

Citation】MÜLLER Jonas V, BERG C, DÉTRAZ-MÉROZ J, et al. (2017) The Alpine Seed Conservation and Research Network – a new initiative to conserve valuable plant species in the European Alps. Journal of Mountain Science 14(4). DOI: 10.1007/s11629-016-4313-8

DOI】10.1007/s11629-016-4313-8

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.

Keywords】Alpine; Seed banks; Ex situ conservation; Plants; Europe; Natural grasslands; Endemic species