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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Support Development of the North American Plant Collection Consortium

Location: Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit

2013 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
Further develop North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA).


1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Evaluate and approve new collections, train site reviewers, promote high standards of plant collections management, and work with National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) curators to coordinate germplasm preservation and targeted new acquisitions with curators of NAPCC collections.


3.Progress Report:

Funding has helped support the development and management of germplasm maintained by the APGA/NAPCC and by working closely with ARS in planning, developing, sharing, and managing the NAPCC data. Several new collections were added to the NAPCC in 2013. These include: Naples Botanical Garden (Plumeria); Lakewood Gardens(Nymphaea); Denver Botanic Gardens (Alpines of the World); Idaho Botanical Garden (Penstemon, provisional); Jensen-Olson Arboretum (Primula); University of California Botanical Garden (Ferns); Springs Preserve (Mojave Desert Cacti and Succulents); University of Washington Botanic Gardens (Magnolia addition to NAPCC Multisite Collection); New England Wild Flower Society (Trillium). There are currently 68 participating institutions in NAPCC including 63 single institution collections and 3 multisite collections (Acer, 11 sites; Quercus, 20 sites; Magnolia, 15 sites). The NAPCC Manager works with the WLPGR Curator, and is supported by 40 public garden professionals volunteering time and expertise. In-kind support of land, expertise, facilities, labor, equipment, collections is estimated to be ~$2M.

The current 5-year SCA focuses on increasing collaboration with the broader National Plant Germplasm System community in collections development, germplasm preservation, exchange/importation of new material, and increased awareness of NAPCC collections as a potential resource for the NPGS community. APGA/NAPCC and USNA partnered in a National Issues Forum that took place on Oct 24-26, 2012 at the USNA. This forum focused on implications of the Convention of Biological Diversity and changes in APHIS importation regulations listing many ornamental taxa as Not Authorized Pending Plant Risk Assessment (NAPPRA). The wider APGA community was engaged through surveys and electronic discussions. Enhanced recognition and communication materials were produced for building awareness and increasing participation. The NAPCC program was featured as a successful model at a national collections symposium in Germany and the international botanic garden congress in China.


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