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GGI-Gardens

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The Global Genome Initiative (GGI) was founded with the goal Preserving and Understanding Earth’s Genomic Biodiversity. In order to achieve this mission, GGI-Gardens was founded to collect and preserve genome-quality tissue samples from at least one species belonging to each family, 50% of the genera, and all species of plants on Earth. To carry out this ambitious goal, GGI-Gardens is partnering with arboreta, botanic gardens, and greenhouses worldwide to leverage the incredible diversity contained within these living collections.

In January 2015 the GGI-Gardens established a collaboration to sample vascular plants from the mid-Atlantic region of the United States that included five partner gardens (Smithsonian Gardens and Department of Botany Greenhouse, US Botanic Garden, US National Arboretum and the USDA Germplasm Farm). Since this time, GGI-Gardens has expanded into an international partnership that continues to grow.

GGI-Gardens Membership Opportunities:

Contributing Organization: Includes GGI-Gardens Partners that actively collect voucher specimens from their living collections and contribute this material to a GGBN Member biorepository and recognized herbarium.

Supporting Organization: Includes GGI-Gardens Partners that support the GGI-Gardens mission as a signatory party (Member Organization) to this MOC, but do not actively provide voucher material from their living collection. These members are part of the GGI-Gardens Cooperative and have access to all benefits of GGI-Gardens partnership, as outlined in the GGI-Gardens Partner Benefits Portfolio.

As of June 2017, the GGI-Gardens partnership includes twelve international signatory Partners and GGI-Gardens partners have collected 209 Families, 1,024 Genera, and 1,648 Species and made these collections available for discovery on the GGBN Web Portal. Collection protocols at partner institutions can be easily integrated into regular garden inventory operations or organized with a small group of volunteers or interns. GGI-Gardens coordinates with its partners to develop easy-to-follow collections protocols and workflows, as well as data management resources. We can also provide education and training and connect partners with nearby biorepository and herbarium resources.

GGI-Gardens is a cost effective and highly impactful international program that seeks to provide solutions to one of the 21st Century’s greatest challenges for biodiversity science - collecting and identifying global biodiversity for conservation and research. Tissues collected by GGI-Gardens and its partners inform conservation efforts and support plant conservation efforts (e.g., Targets 3, 8, 15, and 16 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation). The GGI-Gardens program is facilitating worldwide programs that seek to preserve plant biodiversity before it is gone. Living collections at botanic gardens around the world contain an incredible amount of plant diversity – let’s preserve it together!

GGI-Gardens Resources

NMNH Botany Collections Resources

 

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Collecting asiloid flies for genomic research

Posted November 25, 2015 - 12:36pm

I have collected flies for my research for almost 20 years now and over the past 15 preserved specimens for.....

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Storing genomic collections on ice in one of the Global Genome Biodiversity Network's partner biodiversity repositories. Storing genomic collections on ice in one of the Global Genome Biodiversity Network's partner biodiversity repositories.

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To learn more about GGI's targeted collecting efforts or the Global Genome Biodiversity Network, please contact us

GGI will genomify collections and make this knowledge base discoverable to address key 21st century problems through the Global Genome Biodiversity Network.

Exemplary targeted collecting projects supported by GGI:

GGI Gardens

GGI Oceans (coming soon)

 

Preserving Earth's Plant Diversity

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.

Gathering the Evidence

Smithsonian scientists possess an unparalleled wealth of knowledge about Earth's flora and fauna. They are experts on the Tree of Life and know which organisms to collect. Surprisingly, we only need to sample a small fraction of the planet's species in order to vastly improve our knowledge of its genomic diversity.

Earth’s Bounty, On Ice

Researchers from a variety of disciplines will study the plant and animal samples we gather, today and far into the future. We are preserving them in huge sub-zero freezers, in perpetuity.

The National Museum of Natural History's new biorepository can hold more than 4 million samples. As the tools for decoding genomes improve, researchers can return to these collections to extract new information.

An Entomologist, Arachnologist, and Illustrator Walk into the woods

Posted June 22, 2015 - 12:00am

Well, it was actually several entomologists, and together this group conducted a two-day, BioBlitz-style, sampling of Southern Appalachian terrestrial (living on land) invertebrates for genomic preservation! Read on for details from one of our first GGI collecting expeditions!

Preserving and Understanding the genomic diversity of life on Earth

Posted May 21, 2015 - 12:00am

An introduction to the Global Genome Initiative from its Director, Jonathan A. Coddington.

http://nmnh.typepad.com/100years/2015/05/preserving-and-understanding-the-genomic-diversity-of-life-on-earth.html

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