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Research programs

The Morton Arboretum’s research programs all support its basic mission: to encourage the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. Since the Arboretum’s beginning in 1922, practical, scientific research has been a cornerstone activity. The Arboretum’s research programs all support its basic mission: to encourage the planting and conservation of trees and other plants for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.

Science at the Arboretum is organized under six major research areas:

Dynamics of Forested Ecosystems    

Genetics and Biodiversity

Plant Community Ecology and Conservation Biology

Tree Care and Improvement

Urban Forests and Ecosystems Services

Restoration Ecology and Natural Resource Management  

The Arboretum’s vision is to be the leading center of tree expertise, inspiring the world to plant and protect trees. To further this vision, planning is underway for a Center for Tree Science at the Arboretum.