The Chicago Botanic Garden and Botanic Gardens Conservation Internationalís U.S. office are working with several partners to assess strengths and areas for improvement in plant science education, research and habitat management in the United States. A lLiterature review was combined with survey of non-profit organizations, university personnel, graduate students, and government employees involved in plant science research, education and/or natural resource management in the United States. Results were discussed at a workshop with 30 stakeholders representing surveyed groups from across the country, and recommendations to remedy identified gaps in capacity were outlined and agreed. The objective was to assess the ability of U.S. institutions and individuals to advance plant science research and application, while identifying gaps in capacity and highlighting opportunities to fill these gaps in the future.
The FINAL REPORT is available from www.bgci.org/usa/bcap