Indices Seminum:

Are They Really Worth the Effort?

  • David Aplin National Botanic Garden of Belgium Domein van Bouchout, B-1860 Meise
  • Simon Linington Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TN
  • Jan Rammeloo National Botanic Garden of Belgium Domein van Bouchout, B-1860 Meise

Abstract

This manuscript investigates whether indices seminum are currently aiding conservation or whether they require modernisation. It is widely assumed that the proportion of wild-collected seeds has increased within botanical seed lists. Through a number of studies we found the reverse to be true. Our paper also found that very widespread taxa were needlessly offered from garden origin. More worrying is that taxa well known for their invasiveness were also freely available for distribution. Another concern was the failure to supply or request associated data for wild-collected seeds despite its availability, a neglect counter-intuitive to botanic gardens. We highlight that in their present form indices seminum are a waste of resources and offer little to legitimate conservation. A range of recommendations is provided for modernising this activity in order to prioritise conservation, one of our biggest challenges of the 21st century.

Author Biographies

David Aplin, National Botanic Garden of Belgium Domein van Bouchout, B-1860 Meise
David Aplin is responsible for Science & Horticulture [Glasshouse Collections] at the National Botanic Garden of Belgium, Meise.
Simon Linington, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Wakehurst Place, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TN
Simon Linington is Head of Curation Section, Seed Conservation Department at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew at Wakehurst.
Jan Rammeloo, National Botanic Garden of Belgium Domein van Bouchout, B-1860 Meise
Jan Rammeloo is Director of the National Botanic Garden of Belgium, Meise.
Published
2007-10-31
How to Cite
Aplin, D., Linington, S., & Rammeloo, J. (2007). Indices Seminum: . Sibbaldia: The International Journal of Botanic Garden Horticulture, (5), 93-107. https://doi.org/10.24823/Sibbaldia.2007.10
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