Duchy College in line for plant research funding

Duchy College Rosewarne, the land-based arm of Cornwall College, is to receive £9,000 for three years' work from the Finnis Scott Foundation to support its rare species conservation research.

Horticultural researcher Ros Smith has studied the conservation of rare plant species and propagated rhododendrons hit by Phytophthora ramorum. The funding will help further research and conservation opportunities.

She said: "As the world population makes greater and greater demands on land use, it is important to ensure the survival of as wide a variety of plants as possible.

"Old cultivars have often been superseded by more attractive forms but these older plants could well hold important genetic information - for example, for disease resistance or medicinal compounds - that could be useful in future. The money will be used to bulk up threatened plants from National Collection holders."

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