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ONLINE RESOURCES
Lists of quality plant websites.
RESEARCH GUIDES
These guides have been created by staff at the San Diego Zoo Library to help you get started on your research. They contain a mix of recommended books, journals, and online resources.
ZOOS & BOTANIC GARDENS
Resources pertaining to plants found in zoos and botanic gardens.

PLANT CONSERVATION INFORMATION

ONLINE INFORMATION RESOURCES

SPECIALIZED PLANT DATABASES

  • Global Plants (JSTOR) - A plant type specimens database, with community-contributed collections from more than 300 herbaria from around the world.
  • IUCN Red List of Threatened Species -- List of plants on the IUCN Redlist. To access the entire list (plants and animals), visit the Red List hompage.
  • PLANTS Database -- Information about plants in the United States and US territories. Maintained by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
  • Royal Botanic Garden's Multisite Search Engine -- Searches the living collections of 28 conservation databases from botanic gardens and arboretums around the world.
  • Seed Dormancy & Generation Bibliography -- Database of 12,000 publications related to seed dormancy and germination covering the period between 1890 and 1998. Maintained by Prof. G.M. Simpson from the University of Saskatchewan.
  • Threatened Plants Database -- Contains information on over 136,000 plant taxa based on 19,000 data sources. From UNEP-WCMC.

PLANT CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS

  • Botanic Gardens Conservation International -- International organization focused on world-wide conservation of threatened plants. Botanic gardens make up the majority of membership.
  • Center for Plant Conservation -- Organization "dedicated solely to preventing the extinction of U.S. native plants." National headquarters located at Missouri Botanic Garden.
  • Centre for Plant Research -- Website of the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden & Centre for Plant Research, which is dedicated to the conservation of plant life worldwide through scientific research, education efforts, and maintaining plant biodiversity.
  • Global Trees Campaign -- A joint initiative between Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), the Global Trees Campaign is the only international campaign dedicated to saving threatened trees. 
  • International Seed Saving Institute (ISSI) -- Non-profit focused on maintaining agricultural diversity through seed saving.
  • Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk -- Listings and descriptions of plant species that threaten ecosystems of the Pacific islands. Site maintained by USFWS's Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.
  • Plant Conservation Alliance -- Website of the PCA, an organization dedicated to solving the problems of native plant extinction and native habitat restoration. Site maintained by Bureau of Land Management.

 

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