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Acquiring, managing and applying knowledge for environmental conservation

Prance, G.T. (2004) Acquiring, managing and applying knowledge for environmental conservation. Acta Horticulturae, 642. pp. 109-114. ISSN 0567-7572

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We are experiencing an explosion of knowledge with relevance to conserving biodiversity and protecting the environment necessary to sustain life on earth. Many science disciplines are involved in generating this ne, knowledge and real progress can be made when scientists collaborate across disciplines to generate both macro- and micro-environmental knowledge and then communicate and interact with specialists in sociology, economics and public policy. An important requirement is that the often complex scientific concepts and their voluminous supporting data are managed in such ways as to make them accessible across the many specializations involved. Horticultural science has much to contribute to the knowledge base for environmental conservation. While it seems that production horticulture has been slow to embrace knowledge and concepts that would reduce the heavy reliance on agricultural chemicals, the use of peat as a growing medium, and lead to more sustainable use of water and other resources, environmental horticulture is providing valuable opportunities to rescue or protect endangered species, educate the public about plants and plant science, and demonstrate environmental stewardship and sustainable production practices. Likewise, social horticulture is drawing, attention to the many contributions of horticultural foods and parks and gardens to human health and welfare. Overall, horticulture has a vital role to play in integrating, knowledge from other scientific, social, economic and political disciplines.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
ID Code:10597
Uncontrolled Keywords:production horticulture, environmental horticulture, social horticulture, Kew Gardens, The Eden Project, sustainable production, biodiversity, agroforestry, indigenous knowledge, composting, horticultural therapy , PLANTS

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