Open OC CA Native Plant Society Meeting: Fighting Plant Poaching and Extinction
Tomorrow, recent MCRS graduate, Kevin Allison, will be speaking about his work at Tree of Life Nursery during the December CA Native Plant Society meeting.
The genus Dudleya is a charismatic group of native succulents with many rare species across California and Baja. Popularity has attracted poachers who uproot these plants by the tens of thousands to supply demands internationally. Kevin will describe his current project utilizing plant tissue culture (Micropropagation) to produce large amounts of select Dudleya species ethically. The goal of this project is to deflate the price incentives for poachers and provide agencies with an additional tool for conservation. This project was made possible by the Charlie O’Neill Research Grant provided by OC CNPS.
Find out more here: http://occnps.org/