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Expanding the role of botanical gardens in the future of food

Consistent with their historical focus on the functional utility of plants, botanical gardens have an important opportunity to help ensure global food and ecosystem security by expanding their living collections, research and education programmes to emphasize agriculture and its impacts.

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Figure 1: The global network of botanical gardens.
Figure 2: Ranked abundance of taxa maintained by global botanic gardens and agricultural taxa utilized for human consumption.


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Miller, A., Novy, A., Glover, J. et al. Expanding the role of botanical gardens in the future of food. Nature Plants 1, 15078 (2015).

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