Conservation of Threatened Plants

  • J. B. Simmons
  • R. I. Beyer
  • P. E. Brandham
  • G. Ll. Lucas
  • V. T. H. Parry

Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Conservation-Orientated Collections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. Heslop-Harrison
      Pages 3-7
  3. Existing Collections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. B. F. Bruinsma
      Pages 19-26
  4. Techniques of Cultivation

  5. Documentation

  6. Conservation of Horticultural Plants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. C. D. Brickell
      Pages 131-134
    3. G. S. Thomas
      Pages 135-139
  7. Techniques of Collecting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. J. G. Hawkes
      Pages 145-154
    3. Peter H. Raven
      Pages 155-179
  8. Functions of Conservation-Orientated Collections in Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. J. Heslop-Harrison
      Pages 199-205
    3. C. D. K. Cook
      Pages 207-210
  9. Adjuncts to Conservation-Orientated Collections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Walter Hondelmann
      Pages 213-224
  10. Botanic Gardens in Relation to Public Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. V. E. Corona, Magdalena Peña de Sousa, R. Hebb
      Pages 237-239
  11. International Co-operation and Legislation

  12. Back Matter
    Pages 309-336

About this book


During the last hlO hundred years man has changed from living in equilibrium with the natural world which sustained him, to a new position in which he is now its undisputed ruler - and very often out of equilibrium - able in a matter of hours to reduce miles of forest to devastated, potential desert. This destructive and wasteful ability has increas~d dramatically over recent years. At the same time however the need for conservation, particularly of plants as a resource for the future, has also become apparent, along with the realisation that advanced technologies can produce more from existing agricultural and forest regions. This may to some extent relieve the heavy pressure on the vulnerable areas where short term over-exploitation leads to permanent destruction of whole ecosystems, and the attendant loss, for ever, of many of the animals and plants which originally lived there. There still remains today a vast number of plant species whose potential is unknown. Maybe they will never have more than aesthetic value to mankind. But who knows where, for example, the next anti­ cancer agent may be found. And anyway future generations may not be ready to accept such anthropocentric values, and the options should be kept open for the philosophical concept that all life on earth has a right to exist and that man has none to exterminate.


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Editors and affiliations

  • J. B. Simmons
    • 1
  • R. I. Beyer
    • 2
  • P. E. Brandham
    • 3
  • G. Ll. Lucas
    • 4
  • V. T. H. Parry
    • 2
  1. 1.Living Collections DivisionRoyal Botanic GardensKew, Richmond, SurreyEngland
  2. 2.Royal Botanic GardensKew, Richmond, SurreyEngland
  3. 3.CytologyRoyal Botanic GardensKew, Richmond, SurreyEngland
  4. 4.Conservation UnitRoyal Botanic GardensKew, Richmond, SurreyEngland

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