David Retief, cape bulb enthusiast

Hannon othonna@gmail.com
Wed, 04 Jul 2012 13:52:46 PDT
"But please don't go out into the wilds and collect plants there.  Leave
to the conservation experts, who won't be digging up any specimens either.
They will select a few seeds from various populations and grow them on, thus
taking no plants, but getting a diverse sampling for the future."

I'm not sure what you mean by conservation experts, but conservation, like
botany, is not necessarily connected with horticulture by any means. Anyone
who is concerned about the conservation of nature, presumably including
most or all PBS members, should be careful to discern* ex
situ*conservation (cultivated plants) from
*in situ* conservation (plants in wild areas). There may be a little
overlap sometimes but these disciplines are as far apart as cooking and
farming (both involve food, but ...). Even the "conservation experts"
speaking at scientific conferences often conflate these realms.


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