In November 16, 2012, the International Consulting Meeting on the Project of Ex situ Cultivated Flora of China was held in the South China Botanical Garden (SCBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Several well-known experts from domestic and overseas including Vernon H. Heywood (Emeritus Professor, University of Reading, UK), Stephen H. Blackmore (Regius Keeper, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, UK) and Shanan He (President, IABG) participate the meeting.
The director of SCBG, Prof. Hongwen Huang introduced the project of Ex situ Cultivated Flora in China. He said our project would place emphasis on multi-information in biology, phenology, cultivation requirement, and uses. This initiative should provide sufficient “common garden” comparative data for taxonomic verification, based on living collections. The project of Ex situ Cultivated Flora of China is highly acclaimed by participating experts; Their said the CAS has given emphasis to the development of botanical gardens. These 18 CAS affiliated botanical gardens has long history of collecting, conserving, and introducing plants, with long documentation of ex situ cultivated data; this project meet the needs of fundamental inventory and documentation of plant diversity. All these data would be very useful to analysis for plant conservation in the climate change in the future.