PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES IN THE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF VILNIUS UNIVERSITY

G. Stukeniene , A. Skridaila
The Botanical Garden of Vilnius University takes part in the National programme of Plant Genetic Resources since 1994. There are two network sites established: Lithuanian Coordination Centre for Genetic Resources and Protection of Ornamental Plants and the Central European data base for Ribes L. and Rubus L. genera. The collection of woody plants includes more than 2500 specimens. Nurseries are established for the conservation of the genetic resources of ornamental plants. There are about 10000 plant accessions from 190 families and 866 genera in the collections. At present genetic resources collections consist of 900 flower taxa developed by Lithuanian plant breeders. Lithuanian flower breeders released new cultivars of Crocus L., Dahlia Cav., Gladiolus L., Hemerocallis L., Iris L., Lilium L., Paeonia L., Primula L., Tulipa L. etc. The aim of this research is to study and evaluate ornamental properties of flower cultivars released by Lithuanian breeders. The most distinguishing and attractive (unbelievable form, perfect display of blooms in the spike, colour harmony) Lithuanian gladiolus cultivars, investigated in the Botanical Garden, are the following: ‘Paparcio Ziedas’ (P. Ciplijauskas), ‘Saules Takas’ (P. Balcikonis), ‘Nu, Gromov, Pogodi!’ (P. Ciplijauskas), ‘Rugsejo Pasaka’ (P. Ciplijauskas), ‘Raudonasis Koralas’ (P. Ciplijauskas). Forty-four cultivars of paeony created by Lithuanian plant breeders are confirmed by orders of the Minister of Environment as national plant genetic resources.
Stukeniene , G. and Skridaila , A. (2012). PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES IN THE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF VILNIUS UNIVERSITY. Acta Hortic. 937, 129-134
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2012.937.15
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2012.937.15
cultivars, genefund, Gladiolus, morphology, ornamental plants, Paeonia
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