The Koranic Botanical Garden plays an essential role in the preservation of plant resources: Director

Doha: Director of the Quranic Botanical Garden Fatima bint Saleh Al Khulaifi highlighted the vital role played by the garden in preserving the country’s plant resources and preserving them for future generations.

She said that nearly three million seeds of rare plants, plants from the Qatari mainland and plants mentioned in the Noble Quran and the noble prophetic hadiths have been collected, and these seeds are kept in highly efficient facilities to preserve them for decades.

She added that the garden has living plant assemblages, amounting to 18,500 trees and shrubs of 115 species, and they are kept in its nurseries, pointing out that during the current year, almost 55,000 trees and shrubs were produced. Out of a total of 100,000 trees which are to be produced using high quality production methods and which are cared for in the Plant Resources Conservation Center of the Qatar Foundation Nursery, where they will be distributed to the community as part of the park efforts to support community tree planting campaigns.

She said the garden has 2,500 herbal plant samples that represent identification cards bearing the botanical indications of the type of plant. These samples, she said, allow botanists to conduct research reviews on plant classification and their scientific re-grading, which is a big environmental footprint for the garden not only locally but also globally. as this enables all scientists at home and abroad to view and enjoy these samples.

Regarding the plant conservation center and the garden-affiliated seed bank, she said that the center seeks to preserve plant resources inside and outside their natural habitats, while the seeds, which is one of the most important facilities of the plant conservation center, collects the seeds of the plant species mentioned in the Holy Quran and the hadiths of the Prophets, both inside and outside Qatar . She noted that collection efforts are not limited to plants in the garden, but also include cooperation with relevant authorities in Qatar to collect seeds from endangered wild plants, prepare databases for the characterization of seeds from the Botanical Garden. Quranic, as well as plants that grow in different parts of Qatar and are conducting studies on seed patterns.

She added that the seed bank includes about three million seeds belonging to about 200 plant species, and sometimes there may be a sufficient stock of seeds for one of the plant species, and at the same time there is a limited number. seeds that are considered rich based on the rarity of the species in their wild areas and the possibility of obtaining them.

Al Khulaifi said that since the beginning of this year, almost 35,000 wild seedlings have been produced under the garden program to grow wild seedlings to rehabilitate ecosystems to donate two and a half million trees to be planted by volunteers in all regions of the country over the next ten years. years.

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