plants

Svalbard Seed Vault

Don’t Worry About Doomsday, Botanists Have a Plan

A new initiative of the Smithsonian Institution is building a frozen library cataloging snippets of plant tissue from every species on the planet.

by |July 10, 2015
Neomoorea wallisii, orchid species from Panama and Colombia - Photo by Eric Hunt

Conservation of Biodiversity in Orquídeas National Park

Researchers from The New York Botanical Garden are working to document the plant life in Las Orquídeas National Park, one of the last remaining prized and unexplored rainforests that borders Columbia’s Pacific coast.

by |September 20, 2011
Photo credit: David Darricau

How Plants Could Impact Global Warming

Biodiversity influences climate at local, regional and global levels, yet most climate models do not take biodiversity into consideration because its variables and effects are too diverse and complex to compute.

by |February 12, 2011