Living collections at public gardens are increasingly at risk of pest infestations and pathogen infections. This session will describe front line strategies to mitigate these risks utilizing clean nursery stock, micropropagation and cryopreservation technologies, and collaborative partnerships. Management strategies to safeguard diverse high-value collections at three leading organizations can be applicable to gardens charged as stewards of increasingly vulnerable collections.
Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
Attendees will learn 1) methods for preserving genetic material from valued historic plant collections, 2) how to manage and identify common pest infestations and pathogen infections, 3) strategies to mitigate these risks utilizing clean nursery stock, etc.
1) Sara Helm-Wallace has a background in plant research and curation. She obtained her masters degree from the Longwood Graduate Program, where her thesis was the creation of the first list of U.S. non-seed-bankable (exceptional) species as a model for a g
American Public Gardens Association