Wild Plants

Changed on: 08.04.2019

AGES Supports the Preservation of Wild Plants

AGES uses its competence and experience in preserving biodiversity also for wild plants, as part of this cooperation programme. Seeds of wild plants are stored at -18 °C. To date, the seeds of about 90 accessions have been stored in AGES’s long-term storage facilities. Furthermore, young plants of individual species are being grown to be planted in their original biotope and seeds are stored as required.

Examples of Breeding Endangered Species

Spiked Speedwell (Veronica spicata)

The plant is found predominantly in dry, nutrient-poor locations. Given that such locations are becoming increasingly scarce, this plant species is very endangered.
Planting extent: young plants that were bred are planted on two locations and seeds are also sown.
Additionally, more than 10,000 seeds of this species have been collected by AGES and stored in the gene bank. 

Sumpfabbiss (Frosted Pearls / Succisella inflexa)

Frosted Pearls is a plant native to Upper Austria’s  marshy biotopes, the number of which is decreasing and threatened, in particular because of its very slow early stage of development enabling other, competing species to take over and replace it.

Young plant
Succisella biotope in Upper Austria (Image OÖ Provincial Government)

Zusätzlich zu den Kernaufgaben der Erhaltung der Vielfalt der Pflanzen für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft, leistet die AGES einen Beitrag zur Erhaltung der Wildpflanzen-Biodiversität.

Weitere Informationen über den Naturschutz in OÖ unter: http://www.land-oberoesterreich.gv.at/cps/rde/xchg/ooe/hs.xsl/naturschutz_DEU_HTML.htm