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Cultivate 57 - Love From BGCI

- February 2016

Liliana Derewnicka


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  No. 57 (February 2016)
Cultivate from BGCI
Love From BGCI

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Dear Cultivator,

Love is in the air here at BGCI and we have lots of lovely updates to share with you about all our hard work so far in 2016. This issue of Cultivate offers news on new resources and ways you can get involved as well as a big lovely thank you to all of you who supported us during the Big Give.

Love from all of us at BGCI




BGCI is currently compiling a comprehensive list of the world's tree species and their country level distributions. GlobalTreeSearch already contains 54,000 accepted names, making it the most comprehensive list of tree species to date! If you have a tree species list or distribution information for tree species, we would love to hear from you. Find out more about the project and how to get involved 


IPSN Agapanthus gall midge survey

The International Plant Sentinel Network (IPSN) has launched a new survey for the Agapanthus gall midge, in collaboration with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). We are asking gardens with Agapanthus in their collections to carry out a quick survey of these plants when in flower. The gall midge is an undescribed pest, affecting Agapanthus, that belongs to the Cecidomyiidae family of flies. The midge can cause the bud to be deformed, discoloured and often fail to open. The IPSN and RHS have developed a number of materials to support contributing gardens to carry out this survey, including a detailed fact sheet, images of damage and a tailored survey form. All information collected (including absence data) will be used by scientists and others working in plant health to evaluate the threat posed by this organism and map its current geographical distribution. This work will help gardens to contribute to protecting plant species from invasive pests. To be part of this important survey please contact or to find out more about the work of the IPSN go to

Tree conservation and forest restoration in East Africa

  • In March 2016, BGCI will run the first training course of the Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens. This will be held at Brackenhurst Botanic Garden in Kenya and will focus on forest restoration, bringing together 25 participants from local botanic gardens and NGOs.
  • BGCI and the International Tree Foundation have signed an MOU with a commitment to work together on forest restoration projects contributing to the Government of Kenya’s Vision 2030.
  • The Global Tree Specialist Group (GTSG) and the East African Plant Red List Authority (EAPRLA) are working together to red list East African trees, contributing to the Global Tree Assessment.
  • A new app has recently been released for indigenous tree planters in East Africa. The app helps plan for the planting of more indigenous trees and provides information on biophysical limits for 249 tree and shrub species. Download the app  (Android version coming soon!)


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Ex situ Cycad guide

In partnership with the Montgomery Botanical Center, BGCI US has published a new guide, Cycads: A model group for ex situ plant conservation. The guide provides a general overview of Cycads and their conservation status worldwide as well as guidance on how to strategically develop conservation collections of Cycads. Download your copy


Translated ABS modules

BGCI’s learning modules on Access and Benefit Sharing are now available in Spanish, French and Chinese. These modules will take you step by step through the role of the CBD, the history of the Nagoya Protocol and its important articles, as well as providing essential information for preparation and practical implementation. After every module there is a quick quiz to test your knowledge.


Let it Grow website launched

BGCI is excited to announce the launch of the Let it Grow campaign’s website and Facebook page! The campaign is a partnership between BGCI, EAZA and ecsite that aims to raise awareness and encourage public support of local biodiversity. Find more information and join the campaign.


Big Give results

BGCI would like to thank everyone who took part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge! All together we manged to raise over £12,000 which will go towards the Global Trees Campaign’s Zero Tree Extinctions project. More information.


BGCI International Advisory Council meeting announced for May

BGCI’s International Advisory Council (IAC) will gather for their annual meeting at BGCI’s Headquarters in London on 25th May. Current IAC membership comprises directors or their appointed deputies from BGCI’s 10 Patron Gardens as well as leading gardens and botanical institutions, with the aim of becoming a global leadership forum for the botanic garden and arboretum sector. More information.



New members


GREENS Biodiversity Sanctuary 

Jardín Botánico de San Quintín 

Orto Botanico di Torino 


Lee Bergmann 

Richard J Houck 

Rhett Smart

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The 3rd Shanghai Chenshan International Orchid Symposium

Registration is now open for the 3rd International Orchid Symposium. The event will be held at Shanghai Chenshan Botanic Garden from 22nd – 23rd April 2016. Over the two days three main topics will be covered: traditional values and application of orchids, conservation and germplasm innovation of orchids; orchid features and development for functional food. The deadline for registration and abstract submissions is the 1st April. More information







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