American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

A Goal within Reach: Implementing a Cryopreservation Program at The Huntington
Event Type: 
Collecting and Conserving
Date / Time: 
Thu June, 07 - 9:45am to 10:15am
Magic Kingdom Ballroom 4
R. Folgado, S. Lahmeyer, Huntington Library, Art Collections, & Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California

The tissue culture and cryopreservation program at The Huntington demonstrates the potential for in vitro collections at botanic gardens and highlights what can be accomplished with a small focused program by using existing capital resources and investing in key qualified staff. This short talk will present an overview of the garden's experience in implementing such a program and discusses current projects, through the dual lens of both costs and conservation utility. The goal of this session is to highlight that even a small program can have a large international impact and botanic gardens have a role to play in cryopreservation research, particularly those gardens that have existing in vitro programs.