In vitro conservation: confronting challenges in the age of climate change (Sutthinut Soonthornkalump)

ISHS Secretariat
Sutthinut Soonthornkalump

Climate change is affecting security of food production because of severe fluctuations in the world's weather. Many rare and endemic species are threatened by climate change. In situ conservation on its own cannot guarantee the survival of many endangered plant species. Therefore, in order to achieve the goal of conservation, simultaneous ex situ and in situ conservation is needed. Knowledge of plant micropropagation is very useful for developing several techniques for short/medium and long term conservation, such as slow growth storage and cryopreservation. These methods have already been applied to conserve many rare, endemic plants, including valuable medicinal plants in Thailand.

Sutthinut Soonthornkalump won an ISHS student award for the best poster at the I International Symposium on Tropical and Subtropical Ornamentals in Thailand in March 2016.

Contact: Mr. Sutthinut Soonthornkalump, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Prince of Songkla University, Hatyai 90112, Thailand. email: s_soonthornkalump@hotmail.com

The full article is available in Chronica Horticulturae

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