How many seeds can I take from a single individual if only a few plants have available seed?

Only a few plants in a population have seed available for collection. Can I take all of the seed from a single plant or should I only collect 10% of the seed from that plant?

2 Answers
Submitted by Sean Hoban on Thu, 05/02/2019 - 2:37pm

To my knowledge the best practice is to be very cautious and take no more than 10% of the seed to allow for in situ regeneration.  It would be best to collect a little seed from each fruiting individual rather than all your seed from one plant. 

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Submitted by Joyce Maschinski on Fri, 05/03/2019 - 11:32am

It may also depend what you specified in your permit. Ideally take no more than 10% from an individual plant. But if this is a very rare plant (less than 50 individuals in population) with imminent extirpation it may be appropriate to collect as much seed as possible as “emergency rescue.”


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