Botanic gardens worldwide are essential to plant conservation and public education. The Devonian Botanic Garden is a part of the global network of botanic gardens working to understand and preserve biodiversity. Expansion of research programs and facilities will add to our knowledge of plant communities, predictive plant diversity models, re-vegetation and reclamation.
- 5,000 square feet of research area will include two wet clean labs, a sample preparation lab, a seed cooler and a walk-in cooler space suitable for plant growth chambers.
- Several offices will be designated for resident and visiting scientists.
- Current research will expand to include areas of study such as plant physiology, chemical analyses of soil cores, tissue culture, seed germination and seed bank preparation and storage.
- A rooftop garden attached to the research lab will be maintained for planting and growth trials.
“You can’t do conservation work unless you intimately understand the organisms you’re working with. Discovery and learning about plants happens in the field, and the DBG is one of the few places in Canada where field-oriented botanists can engage in whole-plant research.”
~ Rene J. Belland, Faculty Service Officer