In response to the immediate need for practical orchid species-specific conservation of Florida’s native Orchidaceae, the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge (FPNWR), the University of Florida’s Environmental Horticulture Department, and the Illinois College Orchid Recovery Program have partnered to undertake the necessary research. This partnership blends the conservation practitioners from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with renowned academic orchid researchers from the University of Florida and Illinois College. Through investigations on orchid plant ecology, biology, propagation, pollination biology, and genetics, this conservation partnership has begun to establish effective and efficient means of orchid conservation using the orchid flora of the FPNWR as model systems. These model systems should be applied to orchid species and populations well beyond the borders of the FPNWR and southwest Florida.
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