Multi-purpose botanical garden

June 12, 2012 at 7:10 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New protection for rangeland species: the field genebank at Tel Hadya contains 134 species from dry areas worldwide

ICARDA is using in-situ conservation in pastoretums, or field genebanks, to complement ex-situ conservation in conventional genebanks. A pastoretum was established at Tel Hadya in 2009, and progressively expanded. It focuses on multi-purpose species adapted to dry areas, that provide vital ecological services, and can be cultivated or sustainably wild-harvested for food, fodder, medicinal and other uses. The pastoretum now contains 134 multi-purpose species (63 tree species, 42 perennial herbs and 29 shrubs) from 45 botanical families, originating from over 13 countries.

The pastoretum serves multiple functions: biodiversity conservation; as a tool for research on species distribution and adaptation; a source of seeds for multiplication and distribution (to rehabilitate degraded areas, for example); and as a training center for national researchers.

For more information contact Dr Mounir Louhaichi, rangeland ecologist, email M.Louhaichi@cgiar.org

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