University of Guelph researchers used advanced cloning techniques to give the threatened Hill’s thistle a fighting chance.
This cutting-edge propagation method could rejuvenate the population of other threatened and endangered plant species, said lead researcher Prof. Praveen Saxena, Department of Plant Agriculture.
Published recently in the journal PLOS One, the three-year study used the CPR (Conservation, Propagation, Redistribution) method to preserve the genetic material of germ cells, known as germplasm, and use that material to produce large quantities of plants in a controlled environment. MORE
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