1. Mounting a fundamental defence of the plant kingdom Stephen Blackmore and Sara Oldfield; 2. Using DNA sequence data to enhance understanding and conservation of plant diversity at the species level Peter M. Hollingsworth, Linda Neaves and Alex D. Twyford; 3. Conservation assessments and understanding the impacts of threats on plant biodiversity Malin Rivers; 4. The role of botanic gardens in in situ conservation Jin Chen, Richard Corlett and Charles Cannon; 5. The role of botanic gardens in ex situ conservation Paul Smith and Valerie Pence; 6. The role of botanic gardens and arboreta in restoring plants: from populations to ecosystems Kayri Havens; 7. Botanic gardens and solutions to global challenges Samuel F. Brockington and Beverley J. Glover; 8. Cultivating the power of plants to sustain and enrich life: how public gardens can realise our purpose by focusing on the basic human needs universal to diverse audiences Sophia Shaw and Jennifer Schwarz-Ballard; 9. Botanic gardens and conservation impact: options for evaluation Val Kapos and Sara Oldfield; 10. Conclusions Stephen Blackmore, Sara Oldfield and Paul Smith.
This book focuses on global efforts to protect plant diversity and the role that botanic gardens play in conserving plant species.
Stephen Blackmore is Queen's Botanist and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (RBGE), and Chairman of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) and the UK Government's Darwin Initiative. He has formerly been Regius Keeper of RBGE (1999 to 2013) and Keeper of Botany at the Natural History Museum (1990 to 1999). Sara Oldfield, awarded an OBE in 2016 for conservation and protection of wild tree species, is co-chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Special Survival Commission (SSC) Global Tree Specialist Group. From 2005 to 2015, she led the work of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) as Secretary General.