University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Oak conservation depends on our understanding of what species exist and how they will evolve in response to climate change. Understanding evolutionary history and gene flow is thus key to understanding oak diversity.
Making plant biodiversity data widely available enables research and restoration of Midwestern landscapes and plant conservation efforts globally.
Understanding evolutionary relationships and classification of Carex, one of the largest flowering plant groups of the northern hemisphere, is key to conservation, restoration, and ecological study in the group.
Living collections are important repositories of biodiversity. Understanding the history of domestication of the paperbark maple, which is endangered in its native habitat in China, can help us better conserve the species through targeted collection.