International Plant Science Center

Buttress roots of Sloanea echinocarpa in French Guiana

The New York Botanical Garden is a public garden and research institution dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the Earth's plant biodiversity. The Garden's International Plant Science Center is one of the most accomplished, intensive, and distinguished botanical science programs in the world. It includes the Institute of Economic Botany for research, teaching, and publication in the field of economic botany - the relationship between plants and people; and the Institute of Systematic Botany for the research and documentation of plant diversity and evolutionary relationships. The collections in its William and Lynda Steere Herbarium and The LuEsther T. Mertz Library are the most extensive resources of their kind in the Americas. The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Program for Molecular Systematics Studies and The Plant Genomics Consortium are becoming widely recognized as major contributors to our understanding about the origin and evolution of plants, and are headquartered in the Plant Research Laboratory. To disseminate the results of its research, as well as that of the international botanical community, the institution operates The New York Botanical Garden Press, the largest scholarly publications program of any botanical garden in the world. The Graduate Studies Program links the Garden with five universities to train future scientists.

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