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How our Botanic Gardens Work (and how they can work for you)

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The Cambridge University Botanic Gardens is a Biodiversity Hotspot, containing over 8000 vascular plant species. Rather more than the official count for the entire Democratic Republic of Congo. But how is this biodiversity sourced and maintained, and at what cost? To what extent do we capture the world’s biodiversity at different phylogenetic and geographic levels? What are the major constraints that limit our collections? How well do we function as a repository for rare and endangered species? And how can we best populate our living collections to support emerging fields of research over the next decades? I will attempt to provide some answers to these questions by exploring the quantitative dynamics of the CUBG as living collection, and on the back of these analyses propose some key areas for future development.

This talk is part of the Plant Sciences Departmental Seminars series.

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