Comment | Published:

Ex situ seed banks and the IUCN Red List

Nature Plantsvolume 5pages122123 (2019) | Download Citation

Extinct, or just extinct in the wild? Plants lost from in situ habitat, but represented in seed banks, are labelled extinct despite the potential for restoration. A change in the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List definition of extinct in the wild is needed to improve the status and prospects of threatened plant species.

Access optionsAccess options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

from$8.99

All prices are NET prices.

References

  1. 1.

    Guidelines for Using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. Version 13 (IUCN Standards and Petitions Subcommittee, 2017).

  2. 2.

    IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. Version 3.1, 2nd edn (IUCN, Gland, 2012).

  3. 3.

    Millennium Seed Bank Partnership (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2015).

  4. 4.

    Smith, P., Dickie, J., Linington, S., Probert, R. & Way, M. Seed Sci. Res. 21, 1–4 (2011).

  5. 5.

    O’Donnell, K. & Sharrock, S. Plant Diversity 39, 373–378 (2017).

  6. 6.

    Liu, U., Breman, E., Cossu, T. A. & Kenney, S. Biodivers. Conserv. 27, 1347–1386 (2018).

  7. 7.

    Volis, S. Plant Diversity 39, 365–372 (2017).

  8. 8.

    Mounce, R., Smith, P. & Brockington, S. Nat. Plants 3, 795–802 (2017).

  9. 9.

    Berjak, P. & Pammenter, N. W. Ann. Bot. 101, 213–228 (2008).

  10. 10.

    Wyse, S. V., Dickie, J. B. & Willis, K. J. Nat. Plants 4, 848–850 (2018).

  11. 11.

    Sallon, S. et al. Science 320, 1464 (2008).

  12. 12.

    Yashina, S. et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 109, 4008–4013 (2012).

  13. 13.

    Dyer, A. F. & Lindsay, S. Am. Fern J. 82, 89–123 (1992).

  14. 14.

    Pérez Latorre, A. V., Cabezudo, B., Mota Poveda, J., Peñas, J. & Navas, P. Diplotaxis siettiana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/61631/12529074 (2011).

  15. 15.

    Koch, M. A., Meyer, N., Engelhardt, M., Thiv, M. & Michling, K. B. F. Plant Syst. Evol. 302, 515–525 (2016).

  16. 16.

    Akçakaya, H. R. et al. Conserv. Biol. 32, 1–15 (2018).

Download references

Author information

Affiliations

  1. School of Natural Sciences & Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom

    • Sarah E. Dalrymple
  2. Department of Science, University of Roma Tre, Rome, Italy

    • Thomas Abeli

Authors

  1. Search for Sarah E. Dalrymple in:

  2. Search for Thomas Abeli in:

Competing interests

The authors declare no competing interests.

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Sarah E. Dalrymple.

About this article

Publication history

Published

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-019-0366-3

Newsletter Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing