Evaluation (Audit) is defined as the process of assessing the value of living accessions (seeds, spores, plants) against specific institutional criteria. It defines the most and least important accessions and helps in budgeting and financial planning. Evaluations are one of the most important roles curators should undertake in their term of office, yet it is rarely conducted.
The concept of evaluating or auditing plant collections has been championed over recent years by BotanicalValues, enabling clients to make informed decisions about the plants they curate and hence, the resources they utilise.
Dr Dave Aplin was responsible for the inclusion of collection evaluation in the Council of Europe’s ‘European Plant Conservation Strategy’.