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Plant conservation takes a lot of collaboration

 

Narrator:       This is Science Today. Working with rare and imperiled plant species has earned a national award for the curator of the Botanical Garden at the University of California, Berkeley. Holly Forbes has been working on seed banking, cultivation and restoration on a variety of endangered plants, but she says this type of work is seldom done by an individual or a single organization.

Forbes:          It takes a lot of collaboration and it's a lot easier if you have collaborators and the University of California Botanical Garden, as a member of the Center for Plant Conservation, has access to agreements from the center or with the center and the Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service. 

Narrator:       Forbes explains that one of the missions of the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden is to support research.

Forbes:          So we like to be able to provide documented wild origin materials to researchers not only in the UC system but around the world.  And part of that is through our conservation program.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.