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Using in vitro technologies, a successful model for long-term conservation and re-establishment of endangered and threatened species has been developed at GRIPP, otherwise known as CPR.

While there is no single approach to conserving biodiversity, CPR is a valuable tool for preserving and multiplying endangered species for restoration programs, as many endangered and threatened plants are hard to propagate using conventional approaches (i.e. seed germination, vegetative propagation, etc.) or require a significant amount of time before being capable of reproducing.

Through collaboration with Parks Canada, GRIPP is currently applying its CPR strategy to revive wild populations for golden paintbrush, hill’s thistle, Mingan thistle, ram’s head orchid, ladyslipper orchid, and Yukon draba.

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