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Arnold Arboretum

The Arnold Arboretum Asia Program

The forests of Asia are among Earth’s most threatened ecosystems. The Arnold Arboretum is committed to understanding and preserving the biodiversity of these forests, via research, capacity building, and informatics support. The Arboretum has worked at the forefront of plant biology research in East and Southeast Asia for many decades. Today our researchers are active in the core fields of plant species discovery, biogeography, forest ecology, and climate change. Educational activities supported by the Arboretum have changed the lives of Harvard students and young Asian researchers alike, from the 1920s to the present.

120 Years of the Arnold Arboretum in Asia

Today’s research and education activities in Asia stand on a foundation of scientific and human resources built over twelve decades.

E.H. WilsonThe Sargent Era

Flowering of Chinese botany

Tropical Asian research and training

Integrative Asian botany

As political and cultural realities have changed in the last decade, so has the nature of the Arboretum’s work in Asia. Research is now heavily field-based, and staff prioritize the building of long-term, collaborative partnerships with national institutions and scientists. Believing that “the partnership is the platform,” the Arboretum strives for meaningful co-authorship of projects and publications.

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