OSSSU - Orchid Seed Science And Sustainable Use

My research combines the study of impressive orchid private collections and expertise from such collectors with disciplines across different biological scales including phylogenomic studies, population genomics, and conservation to explore the molecular diversity of main groups of endemic orchids of the Colombian Andes. In regards to the orchid specialists IUCN ex-situ conservation group we are generating the first digital herbarium for live orchid collections for scientific and conservation purposes. We inventory species using high resolution photographs and storage fresh leaf tissue in the tissue bank at Instituto Humboldt, the main environmental authority in Colombia. This inventory will accelerate scientific research in orchids and facilitate the governmental legalization of these collections, aiding to fight illegal trade.

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