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The foundation of any terrestrial ecosystem is the plants and soil that other organisms depend upon for food, shelter, and air to breathe. The biological world is currently confronted with rapid changes due to global climate change, increases in invasive species and diseases, and habitat fragmentation and these will all have significant impacts on the health, survival, diversity, and distribution of the biota as we know it. Research areas at the Chicago Botanic Garden and Northwestern University in the Plant Biology and Conservation Program address these important issues. Explore our faculty and student webpages to learn more about specific research

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