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Plant Science and Conservation

Conserving plants is one of the most significant challenges of our time—and a major focus at the Chicago Botanic Garden. From studying soil to banking seeds, from restoring habitats and protecting endangered plant species to developing new ones, Garden scientists are fighting plant extinction, pollution, and climate change through diverse and exciting research.

Research and Conservation Around the World

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Featured Research Projects

Cirsium pitcheri

An important goal of any reintroduction is to provide sufficient genetic variability to buffer...

Artemisia tridentata

In 2014, we started research in modeling the species distribution of big sagebrush in the Great...

Plants of Concern

Plants of Concern (POC) and other Chicago Botanic Garden staff have been major contributors to...

Brighamia insignis

How genetically diverse are ex situ collections of rare and endangered plant species?...