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In Vitro Conservation of Endangered Germplasm

The Plant Cell Technology Laboratory is dedicated to advancing the knowledge of plant growth and development for the conservation, sustainable use, restoration, and replenishment of threatened plant species to their natural environments. Although all plants on this planet are important, PCTL will focus on plants which are: 1) endangered due to diseases and climate change, 2) rare and seriously restricted in reproduction in natural ecosystems, 3) unusual in growth and development offering interesting opportunities for research, education, and commercial application, 4) critical to food security and sustaining biodiversity, and 5) traditionally used in spiritual and cultural practices. Currently, the PCTL is researching clonal propagation and disease resistance in important trees such as the American elm, which face extinction due to fungal disease. Several other native Canadian species of ecological and commercial significance are also being investigated for long-term conservation and habitat restoration. PCTL has developed efficient methods for clonal propagation and cryopreservation for a range of plants including American elm, ginseng, and several medicinal and ornamental species.

This research represents the core program of the Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation (GRIPP) at the University of Guelph.
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