Universal Journal of Plant Science Vol. 3(4), pp. 72 - 76
DOI: 10.13189/ujps.2015.030403
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Aspects of Orchid Conservation: Seed and Pollen Storage and their Value in Re-introduction Projects


Philip T. Seaton *, Hugh W. Pritchard , Timothy R. Marks
Comparative Plant and Fungal Biology, Royal Botanic Gardens, UK

ABSTRACT

Dry seeds of many orchid species, when stored at low temperatures, are capable of maintaining high levels of viability for many years, supporting orchid seed banking as a valuable part of emerging integrated conservation strategies. The Orchid Seed Science and Sustainable Use (OSSSU) network has already stored over 300+ species across 26 countries around the world. Its future ambition to store seeds representing a minimum of one thousand species in the next five years, and to expand the network to include more institutes and countries, provides an example of what can be achieved by a small dedicated group, willing to share their technical expertise and to develop a deeper understanding of the underlying science. Recent work indicates that it may also be possible to store orchid pollen of some species for a minimum of six years under similar conditions to those used for orchid seeds, thereby facilitating pollen exchange between collections. OSSSU partners in a number of countries have already demonstrated that raising plants from stored seeds can be used successfully in reintroduction projects.

KEYWORDS
Orchid, Seed, Pollen, Storage, Reintroduction, Research, Education

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(a). IEEE Format:
[1] Philip T. Seaton , Hugh W. Pritchard , Timothy R. Marks , "Aspects of Orchid Conservation: Seed and Pollen Storage and their Value in Re-introduction Projects," Universal Journal of Plant Science, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 72 - 76, 2015. DOI: 10.13189/ujps.2015.030403.

(b). APA Format:
Philip T. Seaton , Hugh W. Pritchard , Timothy R. Marks (2015). Aspects of Orchid Conservation: Seed and Pollen Storage and their Value in Re-introduction Projects. Universal Journal of Plant Science, 3(4), 72 - 76. DOI: 10.13189/ujps.2015.030403.