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Garden Genomics Tissue Banking Workshop

Posted May 24, 2017 - 11:20am

The Global Genome Initiative for Gardens (GGI-Gardens) is organizing a satellite meeting during the XIX International Botanical Congress , entitled Garden Genomics Tissue Banking Workshop, hosted by the Global Genome Initiative for Gardens on Wednesday 26 July 2017 from 9:00–12:00 at Fairy Lake Botanical Garden in Shenzhen, China.

GGI-Gardens internship - Summer 2017

Posted February 2, 2017 - 1:52pm

Local genome-quality tissue collection and preservation in the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C. area

FAME, fortune, and genomics in Madagascar: Preserving a blueprint of hyperendemism in a biodiversity hotspot

Posted October 11, 2016 - 11:32am

Madagascar is one of the world’s “hottest” hotspots with a diverse and endemic biota that is increasingly threatened by habitat destruction. Dr. Laurence Dorr of the Smithsonian Natural Museum of Natural History’s Botany Department is the lead of a team of five researchers that received a GGI-SIBG (Global Genome Initiative-Smithsonian Institute of Biodiversity Genomics) award aiming to collect 50% of the Malagasy genera from the team’s collective expertise, including 37 families, 433 genera, and 3,056 species, many of which are endemic.

A Workflow to Preserve Genome-Quality Tissue Samples from Plants in Botanical Gardens and Arboreta

Posted September 21, 2016 - 11:07am

Morgan R. Gostel, Carol Kelloff, Kyle Wallick, and Vicki A. Funk (2016) A Workflow to Preserve Genome-Quality Tissue Samples From Plants in Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. Botanical Society of America. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3732/apps.1600039

An Interview with an Orchid Specialist.

The Global Genome Initiative’s-Gardens team spent the cooler months of January, February, and March within the expansive, climate-controlled confines of the Smithsonian Gardens greenhouses in Suitland, Maryland. We worked primarily with facilities manager, Vickie DiBella; horticulturalist, Matthew Fleming; and orchid collection specialist, Tom Mirenda. Our goal was to collect as...

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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!

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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.

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