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Arnold Arboretum Genomics Initiative and Sequencing Award

Applications are not currently being accepted for this award, but we encourage you to explore all the Arboretum Awards for genomic sequencing of important taxa.

As part of its Living Collections Campaign, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University has begun to create the first “genomic type collection” of plants in the world. This living collection will be the permanent home for sequenced living specimens of temperate woody taxa, available to all who wish to undertake research on the biology of these plants. The Arboretum envisions this collection to be a central resource for comparative genomics, developmental biology, whole plant physiology, phylogenetics, and plant responses to the environment. In addition to growing germplasm of temperate woody plant taxa that have already been sequenced, the Arboretum promoted the development of additional genomic resources through competitive awards for de novo sequencing of important taxa within the Arboretum’s living collections.

The living collections of temperate woody plants at the Arnold Arboretum, numbering some 15,000 plants representing some 2,100 species, are distinguished as one of the most thoroughly documented in the world. Taxonomic diversity and breadth are noteworthy, and the floras of North America, China, Japan, and Korea are particularly well represented.

Priority Core Genera and preferred species:

Ginkgo biloba
Metasequoia glyptostroboides
Carya ovata
Platycarya strobilacea
Hamamelis vernalis
Parrotia persica
Tsuga caroliniana
Syringa reticulata
Stewartia pseudocamellia
Franklinia alatamaha
Kolkwitzia amabilis
Heptacodium miconioides
Magnolia zenii
Liriodendron tulipifera
Liriodendron chinense
Viburnum furcatum
Viburnum lantanoides
Acer griseum
Fagus sylvatica
Davidia involucrata

Additional Information

For questions about the award, Arboretum resources, research proposal or submission process, contact the selection committee (Email).