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Economic Botany

Screening for Medicinal Compounds

Through a cooperative agreement with Professor Djaja Djendoel Soejarto at University of Illinois at Chicago, we provide plant material left over from cleaning seeds for our seed bank, which is then screened for various medicinal compounds at UIC.  In 2013, we provided dried plant material from 290 collections to be screened (Yates, Sollenberger, Vitt, and Havens-Young).

Economic Botany

jackfruit market

With a grant from the National Science Foundation, the Chicago Botanic Garden is working with international collaborators in Southeast Asia to study and conserve the genetic diversity of under-utilized crops. The two focal species, jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) and breadfruit (A. altilis), are cultivated throughout the tropics and may be under threat of genetic erosion. Plantings with low genetic diversity can be more susceptible to environmental stresses such as disease or droughts.

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