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Genetics and Biodiversity

Research on genetics and biodiversity at The Morton Arboretum explores how trees and other plants are related to each other and the organisms with which they share ecosystems, and how those relationships reflect their evolution and affect their traits and their diversity, both between and within species. These studies can inform work to restore biodiversity, conserve habitats, and develop new tree varieties.


Studies undertaken by Arboretum researchers and their collaborators worldwide explore such topics as the biodiversity of oaks in the New World, in China and around the world; the taxonomy and evolutionary relationships of sedges and of elm species and cultivars; and the plants of the Chicago region. A major area of research is plant systematics, the biological classification of plants.