Prof. Praveen Saxena holding a Hill’s thistle

A project to preserve the Hill’s thistle in a Canadian national park was profiled by CBC News July 6. The U of G Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation (GRIPP) aims to preserve the endangered plant species by using in vitro technology to grow multiple plants in the lab from a few source samples. Plant agriculture professor Praveen Saxena, director of GRIPP, said the research team has grown more than 1,000 plants from just two seeds. Saxena said the Hill’s thistle model may help preserve other endangered species. He studies plant conservation and test-tube plants.