Conservation & Research

Science & Research

The Southeastern Center for Conservation advances the science of conservation through conservation genetics and evolutionary studies, demographic studies, and innovative partnerships with researchers.

Evaluating management methods In Florida’s Rare Coastal Wetland Ecosystems

Using prescribed fire and mechanical clearing methods, the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the University of Florida – Milton partner to restore 120 hectares of coastal wetlands in the Florida panhandle.

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Plant and Pollinator Surveys in the Coastal Dune Lake Watershed

In 2011, the Garden partnered with the Florida State Parks District in a large-scale restoration initiative at three of these coastal dune lakes. This restoration effort has resulted in improved access for application of prescribed fire and reintroduction of rare plant species.

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Phylogenetics of Euglossine Bee Pollinated Orchids

There are many orchid genera for which there is little known about how species are related. Understanding relationships is critical for addressing evolutionary questions as well as better characterizing taxonomy, all of which have explicit conservation implications.

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Conservation genetics of the endangered Apalachicola Rosemary

Through a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Garden is using molecular genetic techniques to understand whether C. glabra is reproducing clonally or via sexual reproduction

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How Orchid Roots Grow

Through a grant from the National Science Foundation led by researchers at Duke University and Georgia Tech, we are investigating how both terrestrial and epiphytic orchid roots interact with obstacles using state of the art imaging techniques.

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Hybridization and Fungal Symbionts of Platanthera orchids

Through funding from the American Orchid Society, the Garden is working in partnership with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center to learn more about the most species rich genus of terrestrial orchids, Platanthera.

 

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What is a SlothBot?

This energy efficient, solar-powered robot built by engineers at Georgia Tech monitors abiotic (environmental) variables including temperature, relative humidity, carbon dioxide levels, precipitation, and other variables to better understand canopy ecology.

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Developing a Target Capture Bait Set for Orchids

Garden staff, in collaboration with Arbor Biosciences and the University of Georgia, set out to develop a system to sequence hundreds of genes (963 to be exact) from a single orchid DNA sample at a time

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Garden staff, in collaboration with Arbor Biosciences and the University of Georgia, set out to develop a system to sequence hundreds of genes (963 to be exact) from a single orchid DNA sample at a time

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