Coconut crisis forces a rethink on gene banks as conservation tools

| | November 14, 2012
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The international collection of the South Pacific’s coconut palm species, held at a field gene bank in Papua New Guinea, is under threat from a disease outbreak close to the gene bank. The gene bank holds 3,200 coconut palms, representing 57 different varieties of Cocos nucifera, a number of which are endemic.

 View the original article here: South Pacific coconut gene bank under threat


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