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Research at the Botanical Garden & Museum

- is normally based on the collections.

The garden's large collection of living plants consists mainly of species collected from nature with a proper documentation.
In relation to the garden's work with endangered plants a number of facilities have been established:
a laboratory for cell and tissue cultures
a seed and gene bank
special greenhouse facilities for endangered and rare species
a laboratory for phylogenetic systematics (DNA laboratory).
It should be stressed that an important basis for the research is the knowledge, expertise, traditions and documentation built up through generations.

The Botanical Museum has extensive collections in the form of herbaria and related types of collections. The Botanical Library is closely connected to the museum with its large collections of botanical books, periodicals and records.
The herbaria are preserved plants glued to paper sheets and labelled with the scientific name, origin, collector, habitat and date. The organisms in the museum belong to different taxonomical groups: vascular plants, mosses, algae, lichens and fungi.

The research is carried out in agreement with the best international practice within botany. It is globally oriented, but the museum has a special obligation towards Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

The Botanical Garden & Museum is a partner in international networks like the
International Association of Plant Taxonomists (IAPT), correlating the activities for all herbaria in the world, and Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), correlating activities for all botanical gardens.
The international cooperation which is related to the compliance of the Washington Convention and the Rio Convention (Convention on Biological Diversity) is of fundamental importance for global biodiversity research and thus also for the research in the Botanical Garden & Museum. The Botanical Garden is actively striving to preserve endangered plants and plant genetic resources. This is in agreement with the role formulated by the partners of the Rio Convention to the botanical gardens in the world to achieve the goals in the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation.