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  Re: [aroid-l] Spathiphyllum Diaspora
From: "Ron Iles" roniles at eircom.net> on 2003.03.04 at 21:26:01(10026)
Dear Rand

Thank you for the most kind thoughts which were appreciated.

One of the major Specialist Tissue Culture & Propagation Companies in
Florida has just agreed to have the Collection & to make a permanent display
available for Plant Lovers. They surely could not be in a safer place. I
am hoping that for all plants it marks the beginning of a greater & greater
co-operation between idealistic & wise visioned Horticultural Companies,
Botanical Gardens, Private Collections & Collectors so that the biodiversity
is safer & safer in cultivation. Horticulture necessarily has much greater
finance & facilities as well as cultural expertise to ensure certain
survival & propagation of Biodiversity. With co-operation & co-ordination,
rare & endangered plants especially those of which there are only a few in
captivity can thus be made safer & can be made freely accessible as needed.
As the time has come when I am no longer able to keep well a Collection of
Rare Plants I need no longer be worried about what happens to them.... What
I propose to do I hope will help both the plants & those others who worry
about what happens when they too are no longer there to be custodians of
their Collections. It is my belief that the Spathiphyllums could not be in
a safer place from which it can be disseminated to other safe places. If
the most idealistic commercial horticultural companies the best as "Arks"?
If so should they not be the first to receive our philanthropy of our rarest
& most botanically precious plants? As ordinary individual folk can we ever
hope to provide full "State of the Art" support & lasting security?
Biodiversity depends not only on providing safe environments where they can
grow & multiply but on being able to do that indefinitely into posterity for
posterity & for reasons beyond our own finite lives.....



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