Using new tools to push the frontiers of plant science.
Laboratory research is a key component of The New York Botanical Garden's International Plant Science Center, one of the most accomplished, intensive, and distinguished botanical science programs in the world. Garden scientists conduct laboratory research using a variety of techniques and facilities. Specialized approaches to research on plants and fungi include systematic and developmental plant anatomy, phytochemistry (with an emphasis on finding plant compounds that have medicinal value), and the powerful new disciplines of molecular systematics and genomics.
Garden scientists, graduate students, and visiting scholars use the laboratory facilities for research and teaching. In addition, a volunteer-intern program trains students considering careers in research, and the facilities are used to identify botanical samples for governmental agencies in the New York area.