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Research projects and collaborations

Arboretum scientists and collaborators conduct research and build collaborative research resources to make an impactful contribution to the Arboretum’s mission to create a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world.  These projects encompass applied and basic questions about tree care, plant diversity, and ecosystem restoration that address the key challenges facing trees and plants.  We work right in our own backyard, in the 1,700 acres of living collections and natural areas, and across the globe, with foci in the Midwest USA, Mexico, and subtropical Asia.  These projects incorporate and expand upon a large number of collaborators at a wide variety of institutions, from botanical gardens, industry, academia, and government regionally and worldwide.

Science and Conservation projects address the key challenges facing trees and plants:

  • Resilience and adaptation of trees to pests and pathogens and land use and climate change
  • Understanding threats to and conserving genetic and species diversity of trees
  • Sustaining habitats, ecosystem processes, and ecosystem services
  • Performance of trees as green infrastructure to improve the health of cities and towns
  • Development of engineering tools, research platforms, and methods to study trees
  • Public awareness of the value of trees for nature and society

Explore specific Science and Conservation projects in these areas of research: