Conservation and Population Biology
The Huntington's Botanical Gardens support many areas of research related to its living collections. Conservation and population biology studies the origins of different species of of cycads (Dioon sp) by analyzing the genetic makeup of populations. This knowledge helps biologists understand diversity within plant groups and provides clues as to how that diversity can be preserved. Conservation biologists are developing techniques aimed at long-term cryopreservation of plants. Developing new techniques and working with training specialists at other institutions, we hope to protect rare and important plants from extinction due to habitat loss and disease.
Ethnobotanical and Ancient Medicinal History
Studies of the ethnobotanical histories of ancient medicinal and useful plants bring ancient knowledge concerning plants into contemporary context and provides the intellectual basis for interpreting the Huntington's Herb Garden and Wellness Walk.