Cryoconservation Centre of Excellence for Sub-Saharan Africa
Dr Hugh Pritchard
RBG Kew - Jodrell
Host Country Institutions:
University of KwaZulu Natal - UKZN
The establishment of a Centre of Excellence for cryo-banking for sub-Saharan Africa. The development and embedding of ‘generic technologies’ for ex situ collection, storage and utilisation of plant species producing recalcitrant seeds
Recalcitrant-seeded species in cryo-storage (conserved) and utilisable through propagation and ‘extension’ activities.
Staff and students (particularly from Africa) trained in cryo-biology (both on 6 week honours and post-graduate courses).
Cryo-preservation technologies refined, through research and made available.
Long term ex situ species conservation strategies developed and implemented.
Related Projects: Darwin Initiative Research Exercise on Community Tree Seeds in Botswana
, Orchid Seed Stores for Sustainable Use (OSSSU)
, Protecting Ugandan endemic cycads from biodiversity loss and trafficking