Plant Diversity ›› 2011, Vol. 33 ›› Issue (01): 1-9.DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1143.2011.10255

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Plant Conservation in the Future: New Challenges, New Opportunities

Peter H.RAVEN   

  1. Missouri Botanical Garden, MO 63166, USA
  • Received:2010-12-17 Revised:2011-01-04 Online:2011-01-21 Published:2011-04-26


 Throughout the world, plant diversity is being reduced rapidly by the extinction of species and of local differentiated populations. In presenting possible solutions to this very serious problem I will first briefly describe the factors that have led to the development of China′s wealth of biodiversity; then examine the causes of extinction, with an emphasis on the situation in China; and conclude with recommendations on how to most effectively conserve plants in this huge and botanically diverse country.

Key words: Plant diversity, Biological richness, Human impacts, Plant conservation in China, Strategies for plant conservation

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