Quasi in situ: A bridge between ex situ and in situ conservation of plants

Sergei Volis, Michael Blecher

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Plant conservation urgently needs a concept that would unify different aspects of population viability as parts of conservation methodology. Such unification is especially lacking for ex situ conservation. We introduce a novel conservation approach in which ex situ collections maintained in natural or semi-natural environment and preserving both neutral and adaptive genetic diversity are a part of a complementary ex situ-in situ conservation strategy. Our approach is the first that explicitly takes into account ecologically significant (i.e. adaptive) variation of plants in both ex situ and in situ conservation actions. Using this approach we provide detailed guidelines for (1) representative sampling of the populations; (2) collection maintenance; and (3) utilization for in situ actions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2441-2454
Number of pages14
JournalBiodiversity and Conservation
Issue number9
StatePublished - 13 Apr 2010


  • Conservation strategy
  • Ex situ
  • In situ
  • Local adaptation
  • Relocation
  • Translocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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