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UC Irvine, OpenCourseWare Water is the economic, social, and physical lifeblood of humanity, providing the bases for agriculture, industry, transportation, energy production, and life itself. Despite its importance, alarming signs suggest that there are looming threats to this vital resource. The World Resources Institute contends that the world's thirst for water is likely to become one of the most pressing issues this century due to population growth, drought, and climate change. The World Bank reports that many developing nations already face a crisis from intensive irrigation, urbanization, diminishing supplies, and deteriorating infrastructure; and, UNESCO predicts as many as 7 billion people in half the world’s countries will face shortages of potable water by 2050. The purpose of this course is to illuminate how water is a political, social, economic, and environmental challenge and to suggest ways we might manage it better and more equitably.

Global Genome Biodiversity Network A Collaborative Effort to Cryo-preserve and Provide Access to Genomic Samples from Across the Tree of Life The Global Genome Biodiversity Network (GGBN) is a global network of well-managed collections of genomic tissue samples from across the Tree of Life, benefiting society through biodiversity research, development and conservation. This network will foster collaborations among repositories of molecular biodiversity in order to ensure quality standards, improve best practices, secure interoperability, and harmonize exchange of material in accordance with national and international legislation and conventions. Goals Provide genome-quality samples from across the Tree of Life for research, training, and development, thereby contributing to the conservation of global genetic diversity for generations to come.

Common Names - A A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Return to Main Menu Virtual Professors - Homologies Working list of trees Working questions and observations: Working questions and observations at breeding site Working list of trees at arboretum and breeding sites as of May 16, 2011: Abies alba, Silver fir (2 specimens) Abies balsamea, Balsam fir (native) Abies boris-regis, Abies concolor, White fir, 2 specimens Abies equi-trojani, Apollo fir, Trojan fir (1 specimen) Abies fraseri, Fraser fir (~50 specimens) + Abies fraseri - P94 Fraser fir (FF002), height December 8, 2008: 8.08 metres (26 feet 6 inches) + Abies fraseri - P94 Fraser fir with P88 Red pine, September 11, 2009, Abies grandis, Grand fir (3 specimens) Abies holophylla (Maximowicz), Manchurian fir (1 specimen), Abies koreana, Korean fir, 1 specimen Abies nordmanniana, Caucasian, Nordmann fir (3 specimens), 2 of 3 specimens suffering from previous years' aphid damage. Abies procera, Noble Fir (1 specimen) Abies veitchii, Veitch's fir (1 grafted branch on a native Balsam Fir) Betula pendula, European Silver birch, (6 specimens, FW Schumacher seed source)

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