Preserving Earth's Plant Diversity

Collecting for GGI Gardens at the US Botanic GardenCollecting for GGI Gardens at the US Botanic Garden

Green plants are one of the most diverse groups of life on Earth. Since the Egyptian Pharaohs started the world's first arboretum, the importance of preserving the diversity of plant life has been understood. Today, all across the world, green houses, arboretums, and seed banks are working to preserve plant diversity. GGI helps to take their missions to the next level with its project: GGI Gardens.

GGI Gardens, a network of national and international partnerships, collects genome-quality tissue samples of different plants from around the world. With the aim to cryopreserve at least one species from each of the taxonomic families, and at least half of the genera on Earth. The project is ambitious, but through partnerships, a permanent record of plant diversity will be created.

Preserving Earth's Plant Diversity
Preserving Earth's Plant Diversity