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Schneider, Heather [1].

Resurrection is coming:  Using the Project Baseline seed bank.

This workshop will facilitate and promote the national and international use of the Project Baseline seed bank. The most fundamental goals for this workshop are twofold: (1) to raise awareness about the Project Baseline collection and its availability to members of the scientific community – especially early career investigators and researchers from underrepresented groups, and (2) to stimulate discussion and collaboration to create research proposals for utilizing the Project Baseline collection. Project Baseline ( is an NSF-funded research seed bank to be used for resurrection experiments for at least the next 50 years. More than 10 million seeds from across the geographic range of 65 unique plant taxa were collected, cleaned, tested for viability, and stored according to best practices at the USDA National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation. Seeds were deliberately maintained by maternal line and are accessioned with environmental data and voucher specimens. It has been five years since the first seeds were collected, and it is time to release these propagules to researchers. Comparing recollected contemporary seeds to "ancestor" seeds from Project Baseline, potentially across many locations, researchers can conduct experiments to improve our understanding of spatial and temporal dynamics of evolution in response to a rapidly changing world. This workshop will begin with a series of talks about the Project Baseline resource and resurrection studies in general, with breakout sessions and opportunities for discussion in the second half of the day. Potential products from this meeting include protocols for using and maintaining the Project Baseline seed bank, as well as the development of ideas and collaborative groups to utilize this resource. Limited travel funding will likely be available for up to 20 attendees.

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1 - Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, 1200 Mission Canyon Rd., 1200 Mission Canyon Rd., Santa Barbara, CA, 93105, United States

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Presentation Type: Workshop
Session: TBA
Location: /
Date: Thursday, January 1st, 1970
Time: TBA
Abstract ID:1
Candidate for Awards:None

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