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cultivate 62: Introducing ThreatSearch

- January 2017

Liliana Derewnicka




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  No. 62 (January 2017)

Cultivate from BGCI

Introducing ThreatSearch

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Happy New year Cultivator!

This month we are proud to introduce BGCI’s new database – ThreatSearch - the most comprehensive database of conservation assessments of plants.  It contains over 242,000 conservation assessments, representing over 150,000 taxa.

ThreatSearch lists global, regional and national conservation assessments for plants, from a variety of sources with the aim of being a one-stop shop for finding conservation assessments for plants. Together with our two main collaborators - the National Red List and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew - we have assembled currently available conservation assessments into a single list. 

ThreatSearch can be used to measure progress towards several targets of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation. First and foremost, by listing all conservation assessments for plants it helps to track progress towards Target 2 (an assessment of the conservation status of all known plant species, as far as possible, to guide conservation action). ThreatSearch will further help to measure Target 7 (at least 75 per cent of known threatened plant species conserved in situ) and Target 8 (at least 75 per cent of threatened plant species in ex situ collections, preferably in the country of origin, and at least 20 per cent available for recovery and restoration programmes).

If you would like to contribute any missing conservation assessments, please contact


Introducing new staff and new roles for BGCI


BGCI’s new Africa office

Located at the IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, Kenya, this new office will enable us to provide increased support to African botanic gardens and continue to expand our programme of botanic garden-led tree conservation and forest restoration projects across the continent. Find out more about our current projects.


BGCI Southeast Asia Botanic Garden (SEABG) Network Coordinator posted in Taiwan.

BGCI is happy to announce that Jean Linsky was recently made BGCI’s Southeast Asia Botanic Garden (SEABG) Network Coordinator. In this position, supported by The Dr. Cecilia Koo Botanic Conservation Center (KBCC) in Pingtung County, Taiwan, Jean will develop and facilitate the BGCI programme of work in the region.  Find out more about KBCC. Find out more about the Southeast Asia/Network.


Introducing our new Head of Education and Vocational Training

BGCI is pleased to welcome our new Head of Education and Vocational Training, Helen Miller. Helen has been in her role since mid-January this year. Not only will Helen be leading the public engagement activities and projects carried out by BGCI but she will also take an overview of the vocational training that we deliver. Helen has a background in developing and delivering training, and managing projects having previously worked as the Training Manger for a wildlife NGO. 



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Join in


6GBGC: Abstract submission - deadline 31st January 

The deadline for submitting abstracts for symposia, oral presentations and posters for the 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress is fast approaching. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to share your work and ideas with the global botanic gardens community. 6GBGC will be held in Geneva, Switzerland from 26th to 30th June 2016.  Find out more 


Theaceae ex situ survey deadline extension – 31st January

Does your garden have Theaceae species in its collection? We want to hear about it! Get involved by updating your collection information on GardenSearch and sharing your photos with us ahead of the publication of the Red List of Theaceae. Find out more 


Gap analyses of ex situ collections and in situ conservation needs for North American Oak Species – deadline 28th February

Through funding from the United States Forest Service and collaboration with BGCI US,  The Morton Arboretum is conducting a conservation gap analysis for native US oak species (genus Quercus). We are requesting accessions data, including provenance information, from all gardens that maintain oak species. Analysis results will provide valuable guidance for future oak collection and conservation work. Find out more 


Let it Grow feedback – Deadline 3rd February

We are coming to the close of the first year of the EAZA, BGCI & Ecsite campaign – Let it Grow. In order to have a clear view of how the 2016 part of the campaign has gone, we would like to ask organisations involved to send us an update on their activities so far. Find out more


Contribute to the next issue of Roots – deadline 1st February

The deadline for abstracts for the next issue of Roots is approaching. The issue will look at engaging young people aged 13 to 18. There are a number of ways you can contribute, including reviews of resources, profiles of inspirational interns or volunteers and articles about inspirational projects. To see your work in Roots send your abstracts (100 words max) to

Find out more

Our last issue of Roots on Science Communication, published in April, 2016 is now available online from the Roots Archive

Become a member to receive the newest issues of Roots straight to your inbox. 


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News from BGCI


Learning modules on seed conservation 

BGCI has created a suite of learning modules on seed conservation, essential for those working in seed banks or in botanic gardens with seed collection programmes. The modules are available to download as PowerPoints to use as training resources and are available in English and Spanish 

French and Chinese modules will be available later this year. Find out more


The Big Give Christmas Challenge

BGCI took part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge to raise a fantastic £16,553.75, beating our target of £15,000. The Big Give Christmas Challenge is a yearly fundraising event that sees donations doubled by matched funds! This year the campaign ran from midday Tuesday 29th November to midday Friday 2nd December 2016 and raised a staggering £7.2 million in total.

This year funds will be used to support the International Plant Sentinel Network


Marsh Awards

The Marsh Award winners for 2016 were announced in November, 2016. The award for International Plant Conservation went to Jenny Cruse Sanders from Atlanta Botanical Garden, USA and the award for Botanic Garden Education went to Iwa Kołodziejska of the University of Warsaw Botanic Garden in Poland. Find out more 


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New members


Patron members

Royal Botanic Gardens, Victoria  


Australian Association of Friends of Botanic Gardens

Blarney Castle & Gardens

Gareev Botanical Garden of NAS KR

Institute of Sustainable Biotechnology

Mae Fah Luang Botanical Garden


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Jardins botaniques de France et des pays francophones :

The 7th Technical Days for Education, 21st, 22nd and 23rd March 2017 at the Botanical Garden of Meise (Belgium)

Under the theme of "Innovative educational practices in botanical gardens", these meetings will offer an immersion into scientific, sensory and technological approaches.

For more information contact: