Submitted to: Nursery Management and Production
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/17/2008
Publication Date: 5/16/2008
Citation: Robbins, J., Widrlechner, M.P., Olsen, R.T., Reed, S.M., Meerow, A.W., Hummer, K.E., Bretting, P.K., Allenstein, P., Krautmann, M. 2008. Gene banks offer breeders access to germplasm: Germplasm collections help to preserve genetic diversity. Nursery Management and Production. 24(5):53-58.
Technical Abstract: This article describes a coordinated system for conserving woody landscape plant germplasm in the United States. It provides an overview of the woody landscape plant germplasm collections of the USDA/ARS National Plant Germplasm System, a description of the Woody Landscape Plant Crop Germplasm Committee, and information about the American Public Gardens Association's North American Plant Collections Consortium. This overview, with selected examples of woody landscape plants that are meeting consumer needs, is targeted to an audience of nursery and landscape professionals.