The Announcements Forum is a platform-wide channel for announcing plant conservation news such as posting job postings, project news, upcoming conferences/workshops updates. Users are welcome to ask follow up questions on announcements, however, questions related to specific conservation topics should be posted within topic-specific boards. The CPC National Office will use this forum as a primary channel for making program announcements - so make sure your conservation officers are signed up!!

Photo of conservationist collecting seeds

Conventional seed banking (Part 1 of the Best Practice Guidelines) outlines ex situ conservation actions for seeds of species that are capable of being stored at freezing temperatures. Users are welcome to ask questions about this section & seed baking in general, share news & knowledge about seed banking from their institution, and comment on Frequently Asked Questions generated by CPC about conventional seed banking.

Alternatives to conventional seed banking (Part 2 of the Best Practice Guidelines) describes the special handling and options available for species that have seeds that cannot withstand desiccation and freezing. These options include "living collections" of plants in field genebanks, conservation groves, inter-situ collection, tissue culture and cryopreservation. Users are welcome to ask questions about this section & exceptional species curation in general, and share news & knowledge about this topic from their institution.

Genetic considerations for plant conservation (Part 3 of the Best Practice Guidelines) provides guidance for maximizing genetic diversity when collecting, maintaining, and reintroducing rare plant species to the wild. Users are welcome to ask questions about this section & genetic methods in general and share news & knowledge about genetic research from their institution.

Rare plant reintroduction and Other Conservation Translocations (Part 4 of the Best Practice Guidelines) describes the framework for conservation actions that can improve the chance of successful rare plant reintroductions to the wild. Users are welcome to ask questions about this section & reintroduction in general and share news & knowledge about reintroductions conducted by their institution.

Documentation and Data Sharing (Part 5 of the Best Practice Guidelines) describes the type and format of documentation that comprise best practices needed to ensure the possibility for universal sharing of seed collection, propagation, and reintroduction data. Users are welcome to ask questions about this section & data sharing in general and share news & knowledge about data sharing conducted by their institution.

photo of researcher selecting seedling from germination test

The curation value of seed banking relies on our ability germinate and propagate plants in collections. Germination Testing & Propagation does not currently have an associated section in the CPC best practices but discourse from this forum will help inform what topics and authors that should be involved in future guidelines. 

Habitat loss and degradation is a significant threat to plant diversity globally.  Managing threats, such as invasive species, agricultural land userecreational activities, and restoring native habitat are critical to the long term survival of rare plant species. Land Management does not currently have an associated section in the CPC best practices but discourse from this forum will help inform what topics and authors that should be involved in future guidelines. 

Accurately assessing the population status of species in the wild (in-situ) is the primary way plant conservationists identify species in need of ex-situ curation in botanical gardens. Plant Monitoring and Demography does not currently have an associated section in the CPC best practices but discourse from this forum will help inform what topics and authors that should be involved in future guidelines. 

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Christa Horn's picture
Hi everyone,  As the CPC Newsletter team lines out topics for 2020, we are soliciting your input on stories or themes that you would like to see. This can be a story that your institution has to share with the broader network, or a story or theme that you would like to learn more about.  Past themes have been quite broad and varied, including: northeast rare plant conservation, impact of hurricanes, parasitic plant conservation, wildfire threats, the importance of collaboration, orchid conservation, climate change, and more. So… anything goes!
Katie Heineman's picture
Thank you to all of our CPC Conservation Officers who have participated in the initial beta testing of this platform. You may have noticed that we recently changed our name from “Plant Nucleus” to “CPC Rare Plant Academy” to reflect our aspiration of becoming a nexus of learning for the plant conservation community. Through our upcoming newsletter, we will launch CPC Rare Plant Academy beyond the CPC network to reach academic plant biologists, land managers, environmental consultants, horticulturists, government agencies, and other conservation practitioners.
Heather Schneider's picture
We have been housing our seed bank and living collections data in Microsoft Access, but are looking to change. Our Horitculture team is interested in IrisBG, but I have no idea how well that would work for housing our seed bank accessions. What are folks using to manage their seed bank databases? I want to implement something that is user friendly and nimble enough to house all of the different types of data we record. We don't have a budget for this at this time, but I'm open to fee-based options if they are much more powerful than free databases.
Hi Everyone -  The University of Colorado Denver is hiring a plant evolutionary biologist withiin the department of Integrative Biology. Several staff at Denver Botanic Gardens hold adjoint faculty status with the department and mentor graduate students through the University. This position will work closely with staff at Denver Botanic Gardens. Please share this posting with anyone in your network who may be interested. Review of applications will begin 11/30/2019
Katie Heineman's picture
The Plant Conservation team at the Institute for Conservation Research and the Horticulture Department at San Diego Zoo seek a Plant Cryobiology Postdoctoral Associate to investigate and refine protocols for cryopreservation of IUCN endangered Quercus dumosa shoot tips, embryos, and pollen.  In the course o
Kristin Haskins's picture
Greetings all! The Arb is looking for a horticulturist, please follow this link ( for a job description and feel free to contact me directly for more information (
Center for Plant Conservation's picture
Specific funding sources for rare plant conservation may vary greatly by region, taxon, and year. In the video link below, Mary Pfaffko from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources describes sources and strategies for securing rare plant conservation funding in Georgia, which may have parallels to other states and regions. 
David Remucal's picture
We had a potential project with salvaging Rotala ramosior (annual) pop up and we are hoping to quickly find information on this plant so we can advise/store properly. Has anyone worked with this species (or genus) before? A wetland annual plant, we are hoping to know about when best to collect, how best to prep and store, both long- and short-term, and how to best maximize germination. Any experiences working with this species would be most welcome.
Joyce Maschinski's picture
  BGCI-US and the Montgomery Botanical Center present findings of a 3-year, multi-institutional project to find the most effective ways to capture, steward and sustain plant diversity in botanic gardens. This 12-page guide summarizes the results and lessons learned from intensive review and novel genetic studies of this fundamental need.
Joyce Maschinski's picture
Hi CPCers,
Joyce Maschinski's picture
Please share your examples. At The Arboretum at Flagstaff our garden soil was volcanic, but we had many rare species that required limestone soil.  We created a limestone mound along a planned garden path to support several rare limestone species in the region.    
Joyce Maschinski's picture
Looking at the types of horticulture practice that we may want to present in the Horticulture best practices in the Propagation sub-section, we plan to have seed, cuttings, propagating from division and we could have grafting or layering.  Is the latter used for rare plants?  Can you please share your examples?  
Katie Heineman's picture
Given the reproductive difficulties that differences in plant ploidy may cause in the movement or mixture of plant populations, our group is considering incoporating analysis of plant ploidy into a grant evaluating
Joyce Maschinski's picture
We are happy to announce that the CPC 2020 National Meeting will be held May 7-9, 2020 at Denver Botanic Gardens.  We are looking forward to seeing you there!  
Noah Dell's picture
Hi, all.  We are going to be doing tetrazolium testing for viability with Apios priceana and Physaria globosa in the near future. However, I am finding it difficult to acquire full procedures for tetrazolium tests that are genera or family specific. I did find a PDF for one of the three published procedures for plants in the Fabaceae from the Association of Seed Analysts, but am unsure if it is the right one. I have yet to find access to any protocols for seeds from plants in the Brassicaceae.   
Katie Heineman's picture
On my profile, the best practice sections I've authored show up under both the "contributed videos" and "best practices" (This is also a test to see if the links to the discussion boards are now working)
Katie Heineman's picture
Our summer fellow pointed me in the direction of this interactive platform for seed germination analysis. I can see it being a useful instrument for producing visualizations for reports if can make the fields fit your needs. 
Steve Blackwell's picture
Hi all,  In following Heather's post from yesterday, I wanted to share some information and prices that I received from Flex-Pak. Below is the email from them:
Heather Schneider's picture
We have used both foil and plastic vacuum sealed pouches for packaging glassine envelopes prior to storage in the seed bank freezer. Are there major advantages to foil vs. plastic? We have used foil historically, but have also used plastic. The benefits to plastic that I see are not just that it is cheaper, but also that you can customize the size of your pouch more easily. Sometimes we have a very small collection and don't need a full foil pouch and sometimes if we have bulky seeds, it's helpful to make a slightly bigger pouch.