19.10.2017: Morgan GOSTEL (Washington): Global Genome Initiative for Gardens: unlocking the potential of living collections for genomics in the 21st Century, HS 32.01, Institut für Pflanzenwissenschaften, Bereich Syst. Botanik und Geobotanik, Holteigasse 6, 17:00 Uhr.
The Global Genome Initiative for Gardens (GGI-Gardens) is an international partnership dedicated to collecting and preserving genome quality tissues from all species of plants on Earth. There are an estimated 350,000 species of plants on Earth and a large number of them have not yet been discovered or described. GGI-Gardens began in 2015 as a network of botanical gardens, arboreta, and greenhouses and has since grown to encompass an international partnership aimed at preserving plant genetic resources from living collections. The goal of GGI-Gardens is to collect, voucher, and preserve genome-quality tissue resources from at least one species belonging to each family and 50% of the genera of plants on Earth. Due to the botanical diversity represented by living collections in gardens, we are seeking partners internationally to help us to help achieve the mutual goals of the GGBN (www.ggbn.org/ggbn_portal/) and GGI (ggi.si.edu). Through coordinated activities with its partners, GGI-Gardens has collected thousands of vouchers and made these tissues discoverable through the Global Biodiversity Repository Network (GGBN). Ultimately, we hope this program increases the visibility and impact of living collections in gardens for botanical research, while helping to expand the genomic representation of plant diversity of life on Earth.