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No. 369
September 2015

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Preserving Plant Genomic Diversity

By Vicki Funk

-Adapted from Natural History Unearthed

Did you know that half of the families of flowering plants, conifers, and ferns can be found in the Washington D.C., area? Did you know that you can see plants that are from an African desert environment, the hardened surface of a cooled Hawaiian lava flow, and a tropical rain forest, all within a few feet of each other in the nation's capital?

Vicki Funk (right) leads a team of collectors, including two Smithsonian undergraduate interns from the University of Delaware, Kristen Van Neste (second from left) and Sarah Gabler, for the Global Genome Initiative-Gardens project. (photo by U.S. Botanic Garden)

Vicki Funk (right) leads a team of collectors, including two Smithsonian undergraduate interns from the University of Delaware, Kristen Van Neste (second from left) and Sarah Gabler, for the Global Genome Initiative-Gardens project. (photo by U.S. Botanic Garden)

It's true and it is all free for you to enjoy right now at the U.S. Botanic Garden. We're working with our partners at the Botanic Garden to gather a diverse array of plants. This summer marks the beginning of a collecting program called Global Genome Initiative-Gardens. It is part of the National Museum of Natural History's Global Genome Initiative. The goal of this new collecting program is to sample the global genomic diversity of plants for preservation in the world's biorepositories. Through partnerships with Smithsonian Gardens, the U.S. Botanic Garden and the U.S. National Arboretum, we will preserve samples of half the families of living plants around the world by the end of summer 2015.

Over the next two years, through growing partnerships with other botanical gardens, we hope to preserve samples of half the genera of living plants!

Each day, our team travels to one of the partner gardens or their production facilities and collects 20-30 plants in three ways: a pressed specimen to serve as a permanent voucher that will be stored in the museum's U.S. National Herbarium; tissue dried in silica gel; and liquid nitrogen preserved at the Smithsonian's biorepository at the Museum Support Center (MSC) in Suitland, Maryland.

Some recent collections from the U.S. Botanic Garden include:

Sida fallax Walp. ('Ilima) from the hibiscus family is known only from Hawaii. This plant grows on volcanic rock and is an important colonizer, meaning that it helps establish an environment for other plants and life forms to thrive in. Its flowers are so beautiful that they are used to make Hawaiian leis and have been said to have been favored by Queen Emma.

Aloe rauhii Reynolds (snowflake aloe) is a rare succulent from Madagascar. It is a beautiful desert plant with striped leaves and coral colored flowers, and is important in the horticultural industry where it has been used to make many cultivated plants. This species—and the diverse plant life of Madagascar, more generally—is under threat and becoming increasingly hard to find. 

Vicki Funk preparing the pressed specimen of Aloe rauhii Reynolds (snowflake aloe) at the U.S. Botanic Garden. (photo by Hilary-Morgan Watt)

Vicki Funk preparing the pressed specimen of Aloe rauhii Reynolds (snowflake aloe) at the U.S. Botanic Garden. (photo by Hilary-Morgan Watt)

Theobroma cacao L. (chocolate or cacao) is a small tree native to Central and South America. While pollinated in the wild by tiny flies, the tree in the Botanic Garden is pollinated by hand. This tropical plant was long used by indigenous people throughout its range and was later exported to Europe by the Spaniards. Chocolate is now one of our favorite foods! Because of its economic importance, the whole genome of this species has been sequenced, but a voucher sample to pair with that sequence was never saved. Vouchers are important because they document what the sequenced genome actually did in life on Earth at one point in time. Genomes may be the "blueprint of Life," but if you only save the blueprint but not the "Life," you are clearly missing part of the story.

Sarah Gabler, Vicki Funk, and Asia Hall prepare the cacao sample with Plant Curator of the U.S. Botanic Garden, Bill McLaughlin. (photo by Hilary-Morgan Watt)

Sarah Gabler, Vicki Funk, and Asia Hall prepare the cacao sample with Plant Curator of the U.S. Botanic Garden, Bill McLaughlin. (photo by Hilary-Morgan Watt)

Sabatia kennedyuana Fernald (Plymouth rose gentian), is a bog plant that is native to the east coast of North America but is only found in two widely separated areas: in the northeast in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and again in the south in North Carolina. In all locations it is endangered, threatened, or of special concern. The northern populations are adapted to bogs that were once under glaciers and the southern population live in fire adapted communities. Some scientists are considering recognizing these as two different species. Here we found the North Carolina population growing with pitcher plants (carnivorous).

Gardens such as this one are excellent places to see rare, beautiful and important plants that have their own story to share. We hope to help preserve part of that story through the preservation of the world's plant genomes in biorepositories worldwide. Stay tuned and follow along with #SmithsonianGGI.

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Chavanich, S., Soong, K., Zvuloni, A., Rinkevich, B., and Alino, P. 2015. Conservation, management, and restoration of coral reefs. Zoology 118(2):132-134.

Chaves, R. 2015. A critically endangered new species of Aralia (Araliaceae) from Cuba. Willdenowia 45(1):35-43.

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Chiang, P.J., Pei, K.J.C., Vaughan, M.R., Li, C.F., Chen, M.T., Liu, J.N., Lin, C.Y., Lin, L.K., and Lai, Y.C. 2015. Is the clouded leopard Neofelis nebulosa extinct in Taiwan, and could it be reintroduced? An assessment of prey and habitat. Oryx 49(2):261-269.

Clarke, S.J. 2015. Conserving freshwater biodiversity: the value, status and management of high quality ditch systems. J. Nature Conserv. 24:93-100.

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Commock, T., Campbell, K.C.S., Meikle, J., Francisco-Ortega, J., and Jestrow, B. 2015. Conservation and taxonomic updates for the Jamaican endemic genus Dendrocousinsia (Euphorbiaceae). Brittonia 67(2):87-95.

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Crosmary, W.G., Côté, S.D., and Fritz, H. 2015. The assessment of the role of trophy hunting in wildlife conservation. Anim. Conserv. 18(2):136-137.

Crosmary, W.G., Côté, S.D., and Fritz, H. 2015. Does trophy hunting matter to long-term population trends in African herbivores of different dietary guilds? Anim. Conserv. 18(2):117-130.

Cserkész, T., Aczél-Fridrich, Z., Hegyeli, Z., Sugár, S., Czabán, D., Horváth, O., and Sramkó, G. 2015. Rediscovery of the Hungarian birch mouse (Sicista subtilis trizona) in Transylvania (Romania) with molecular characterisation of its phylogenetic affinities. Mammalia 79(2):215-224.

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Curtis, R.J., and Isaac, N.J.B. 2015. The effect of temperature and habitat quality on abundance of the Glanville fritillary on the Isle of Wight: implications for conservation management in a warming climate. J. Insect Conserv. 19(2):217-225.

Cusack, J.J., Wearn, O.R., Bernard, H., and Ewers, R.M. 2015. Influence of microhabitat structure and disturbance on detection of native and non-native murids in logged and unlogged forests of northern Borneo. J. Trop. Ecol. 31:25-35.

D'Elia, J., Haig, S.M., Johnson, M., Marcot, B.G., and Young, R. 2015. Activity-specific ecological niche models for planning reintroductions of California condors (Gymnogyps californianus). Biol. Conserv. 184:90-99.

d'Eon-Eggertson, F., Dulvy, N.K., and Peterman, R.M. 2015. Reliable identification of declining populations in an uncertain world. Conserv. Lett. 8(2):86-96.

Davidson, A.D., Campbell, M.L., Hewitt, C.L., and Schaffelke, B. 2015. Assessing the impacts of nonindigenous marine macroalgae: an update of current knowledge. Bot. Mar. 58(2):55-79.

de Flamingh, A., Sole, C.L., and van Aarde, R.J. 2015. Genetic evidence for spatial structuring in a continuous African elephant (Loxodonta africana) population. Conserv. Genet. 16(3):613-623.

de Moraes, M.C.P., de Mello, K., and Toppa, R.H. 2015. Landscape analysis of a buffer zone to planning and management of protected aress. Rev. Arvore 39(1):1-8.

de Oliveira, S.L., Souza, L.A.S., Silva, H.K., and Faria, K.D. 2015. Spatial configuration of the occurrence of bat species (Mammalia: Chiroptera) in eastern Mato Grosso, Brazil. Biota Neotrop. 15(1):8.

Debeljak, M., Ficko, A., and Brus, R. 2015. The use of habitat and dispersal models in protecting European black poplar (Populus nigra L.) from genetic introgression in Slovenia. Biol. Conserv. 184:310-319.

DeBruyne, R.L., and Roseman, E.F. 2015. The renaissance of North American large rivers: synthesis of the special section. Restor. Ecol. 23(2):139-142.

Dennhardt, A.J., Duerr, A.E., Brandes, D., and Katzner, T.E. 2015. Integrating citizen-science data with movement models to estimate the size of a migratory golden eagle population. Biol. Conserv. 184:68-78.

Dennhardt, A.J., Duerr, A.E., Brandes, D., and Katzner, T.E. 2015. Modeling autumn migration of a rare soaring raptor identifies new movement corridors in central Appalachia. Ecol. Model. 303:19-29.

Di Marco, M., and Santini, L. 2015. Human pressures predict species' geographic range size better than biological traits. Global Change Biol. 21(6):2169-2178.

Dietz, M.S., Belote, R.T., Aplet, G.H., and Aycrigg, J.L. 2015. The world's largest wilderness protection network after 50 years: an assessment of ecological system representation in the US National Wilderness Preservation System. Biol. Conserv. 184:431-438.

Dogan, B., Behçet, L., Duran, A., and Avlamaz, D. 2015. Psephellus vanensis (Asteraceae), a new species from east Turkey. PhytoKeys 48:11-19.

Dong, L.J., Wang, D., Wang, K.X., Li, S.H., Mei, Z.G., Wang, S.Y., Akamatsu, T., and Kimura, S. 2015. Yangtze finless porpoises along the main channel of Poyang Lake, China: imlications for conservation. Mar. Mammal Sci. 31(2):612-628.

Dover, J.W., Bourn, N.A.D., Lewis, O.T., and Shreeve, T.G. 2015. The ecology and conservation of butterflies and moths. J. Insect Conserv. 19(2):183-184.

Echternacht, L., and Trovó, M. 2015. Paepalanthus serpens, a new microendemic species of Eriocaulaceae from the Espinhaço Range, Minas Gerais, Brazil. PhytoKeys 48:43-49.

Edelaar, P., Roques, S., Hobson, E.A., Da Silva, A.G., Avery, M.L., Russello, M.A., Senar, J.C., Wright, T.F., Carrete, M., and Tella, J.L. 2015. Shared genetic diversity across the global invasive range of the monk parakeet suggests a common restricted geographic origin and the possibility of convergent selection. Mol. Ecol. 24(9):2164-2176.

Edge, D.A., and Mecenero, S. 2015. Butterfly conservation in Southern Africa. J. Insect Conserv. 19(2):325-339.

Egan, A.T., Ferrington, L.C., Lafrançois, T., Edlund, M.B., and McCullough, J. 2015. Spatial arrangement and metrics of freshwater coastal rock pools applied to amphibian conservation. Limnologica 51:101-109.

Eiler, J.H., Evans, A.N., and Schreck, C.B. 2015. Migratory patterns of wild chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha returning to a large, free-flowing river basin. PLoS ONE 10(4):e0123127.

Ercoli, F., Ruokonen, T.J., Erkamo, E., Jones, R.I., and Hämäläinen, H. 2015. Comparing the effects of introduced signal crayfish and native noble crayfish on the littoral invertebrate assemblages of boreal lakes. Freshwater Sci. 34(2):555-563.

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