Biotechnology in the ex situ Conservation of Endemic, Rare and Threated Plant Species

Selda Sonmez, Esin Oluk


Plant species in the world are largely under threat, especially due to the climate change that makes us feel more today. Other threatening reasons include industrial wastes, poor agricultural practices, and poor use of forest land besides increase in human population. Accordingly, many strategies and methods have been developed to protect plants. These methods are basically grouped under two headings as conservation of plants in their natural environment (in situ) and conservation with different methods other than their natural environment (ex situ). In this study, ex situ and in situ strategies developed for the purpose of protecting plants and biotechnological conservation methods, which have been added to ex situ strategies and gained importance in recent years, have been examined.

Keyword: Plant conservation biology, ex situ conservation, in situ conservation, endemic, biotechnology, tissue culture

DOI: 10.7176/JSTR/6-04-02

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ISSN (online) 2422-8702