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Research at the Botanic Garden of Smith College takes many forms. For information on current projects, click on the following:

Sugar Maple Decline--During the summer of 2008, Botanic Garden intern Meghan DeVries '05 conducted research into what might be causing the decline of sugar maples on the Smith College campus.

Taxus project--Find out how Smith College came to possess the most diverse collection in the United States of plants in the yew genus, Taxus, the source of the anticancer drug taxol.

Ex situ conservation of stinking cedar--Why is Torreya taxifolia disappearing from Florida's Appalachicola Ravines? Discover why the future of the stinking cedar tree may depend on propagation and study of the species at Smith College and other botanical gardens worldwide.

Control of hemlock woolly adelgid--Will Canada hemlock suffer a fate similar to American chestnut and disappear from North American forests? Learn about a graduate student's research on predation of hemlock by wooly adelgid and also what the Botanic Garden staff is doing to preserve hemlocks on the Smith College campus.

In situ conservation of northern adder's-tongue fern and other native plants--Find out about field research conducted by Smith faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.

Study of germination of broom crowberry--Learn about efforts to study seed germination in Corema conradii, a small evergreen shrub of sandy or rocky soil along the coast from Nova Scotia to Massachusetts, the New Jersey pine barrens, and the Shawangunk Mountains, New York.

Collection of Methysticodendron amesianum and exploration of the genetics of the Brugmansia alliance--Join in the excitement as the Botanic Garden of Smith College becomes the first to cultivate this rare native of the northern Andes since Dr. Richard Evans Schultes.

Conservation of Amentotaxus--See how the catkin yew from Southeast Asia, one of the rarest conifers in the wild, may help in studying the complex genetics and evolution of gymnosperms.

Conservation of Cupressus dupreziana--Learn how Smith is helping to save the Saharan cypress, one of the world's twelve rarest trees.

Conservation of Welwitschia mirabilis--Find out why this unusual South African plant is so difficult to cultivate.

Conservation of Widdringtonia--Discover how Smith is involved in saving a rare, southern African conifer that has been depleted for timber.

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Last updated on Monday, May 09, 2005.