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Last updated: 20 January 2013
THE PAN-EUROPEAN SEED-LIST SEARCH SYSTEM
A system that uses a simple code word – ebgconsortiumindexseminum+year – to provide a unique identifier to every on-line seed-list issued by a European Botanic Garden, so as to allow internet searching of all seed lists.
INVASIVE ALIEN PLANTS IN BOTANIC GARDENS
A project that has generated a list of known and potentially invasive plants across Europe. Sharing this information, and developing a European-wide strategy for dealing with invasive plants in Gardens.
BIOSECURITY BEST PRACTICE PROTOCOLS
Guidelines produced by FERA (Food and Environment Research Agency), UK.
They provide helpful advice on the ‘biosecurity’ measures which can help to protect
parks and gardens from pest and disease attack. Although they have been written primarily
for the control of two species of Phytophthora, the measures are intended to offer protection generically
for all plant pests and diseases.
SIBBALDIA HORTICULTURAL JOURNAL
A horticultural journal from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, edited by the Director of Horticulture
Dr David Rae. Sibbaldia publishes a broad range of practical knowledge and experience in botanic garden
cultivation built up over many decades. This is a must-have for horticultural staff and students, as well
as scientists involved in cultivation practices at botanic gardens. Gardeners with an interest in unusual
plants and conservation would enjoy it too!
Sample article: Raising the living dead: Ramosmania rodriguesii by Carlos Magdalena
INTERNATIONAL PLANT EXCHANGE NETWORK (IPEN)
A system for the exchange of non-commercial plant material between botanic gardens, based on compliance
with ABS regulations under the CBD.
ACTION PLAN FOR BOTANIC GARDENS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
The action plan was published in 2000, and still forms a coherent and valuable document,
the Consortium is, however, actively revising and updating the plan.
PLANT CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES
Much of the work of the Consortium is focused on wild plant conservation and issues related to the sharing of information and plant resources. Activities include the promotion of Target 8 activities of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.
A handbook for Botanic Gardens on the reintroduction of plants to the wild.
(1995) John Akeroyd and Peter Wyse Jackson, BGCI, pp.29
ACCESS AND BENEFIT SHARING
Fair and equitable benefit sharing: A manual for the assessment of policies
and practices along natural ingredient supply chains.
A manual developed by the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) to support the work of its trading and
affiliate members committed to Ethical BioTrade.
EUROPEAN BOTANIC GARDENS CONGRESS (EUROGARD)
The European Botanic Gardens Congress (EuroGard) is organised every three years by the Consortium working with a hosting institution. The meetings aim to strengthen capacity and collaboration among European botanic gardens as well as deepen their role in society at large.