While scientific and socio-political communities around the world are aware of the natural and economic importance of biodiversity, we are faced with an ever-increasing number of plant species under threat of extinction. Conservation is thus a vital part of the plant scientist's work, in the field, in botanic gardens and in universities.
This colour atlas has been conceived to integrate the dual botanical themes of plant propagation and conservation. Various texts deal with propagation, in vivo and in vitro, and with aspects of conservation, but none marries the two themes, let alone a book which uses the concise, focused colour atlas approach.
Each of the chapters has been written by an acknowledged international authority on the subject, under the editorship of Dr Bryan Bowes whose Colour Guide to Plant Structure (2nd edition 2008) is already highly successful. Topics range from the history and likely future of conservation and the effects of human activity on plant diversity, to the practical techniques of collection, preservation, germination, propagation and management of plant populations in the laboratory and in the field.
The text is referenced and is illustrated throughout by colour photos and photomicrographs of the highest quality. It appeals worldwide to students of conservation, plant science and biology, and to professionals and academics, plant propagators, ecologists, and conservationists working in botanic gardens, universities and colleges, in field research and in nurseries specialising in indigenous plants.
General Introduction The Rationale of Conservation Plant Diversity - Distribution and Measurement Collection of Plant Specimens in the Field Propagation from Seeds to Seed Preservation The Role of Fire in Enhancing Regeneration: The Situation in the Cape Floral Region Vegetative Propagation from Stem Cuttings, Leaves and Roots In Vitro Propagation from Non-sterile Explants In Vitro Culture and Plant Conservation In Vitro Collection in the Field In Vitro Propagation In Vitro Preservation Applications of In Vitro Culture for Conservation of Forest Trees Anatomical and Histo-Cytological Changes in Regenerating Plants The Role of Mycorrhizae in Regeneration of Native Vegetation Conservation of Natural Populations Conservation and the Future