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To provide a resource center that focus on the research, preservation, and education of Plant Resources for the current and coming generations. D.E. Fairbrothers Plant Resources Center would be an umbrella organization for research and outreach activities related to the Chrysler Herbarium, Mycological Collection, Online Herbarium, Molecular and Plant Extract Archive and K-12/Stakeholder programs.

The Plant Resource Center is suggested to be named for Emeritus Professor II, David E. Fairbrothers, a recipient of the Merit Award, the highest honor for lifetime achievement in research by the Botanical Society of America.

The proposed FPRC research infrastructure is important to providing continued enhancement of research funding for the premiere research programs at Rutgers and sister institutions, which include biodiversity, biotechnology, breeding, drug discovery, ecology, evolution, horticulture, natural product chemistry, pharmacological, bio-prospecting, nutraceuticals, and pathology.

Rutgers already serves as one of the world's leaders in ecology, evolution, and botanical bioprospecting, with eight Cook faculty members actively involved in the Central Asia International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (ICBG) research project. This is complemented by the Natural Products Development Program in Africa (ASNAPP). In addition, the Rutgers - Louisiana State University consortium has become a home for the NIH Botanical Center. Cook College faculty have spun-off two successful biopharmaceutical companies developing plant-derived pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and functional foods. FPRC will provide enhancement of opportunities for faculty, undergraduate research scholars, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to pursue research in the plant sciences.

Rutgers has access to world class botanical resources including the New Nature Park for the Beijing Olympics, the Barnegat Bay Survey, Ecological Survey and Habitat Programs, Center for Urban Restoration Ecology, Hutcheson Memorial Forest Center, New Jersey Highlands Protection Initiative, New Jersey Flora Project, The New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products Program, Pinelands National Reserve , Pinelands Field Station, Rutgers' Gardens, New Jersey Natural Heritage Program, Willowwood Arboretum, recent discoveries of the tiny Cretaceous-era flowers in Sayreville, and close proximity to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The New York Botanical Garden and The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. In addition, Rutgers has major biodiversity, bio-prospecting and biotechnology research programmatic initiatives in Central Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and South America.


Dr. James White, Jr.; Department of Plant Biology & Pathology
263 Foran Hall/Cook Campus, 59 Dudley Rd. New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 732-932-9711 x357
Fax: 732-932-9441

Dr. Lena Struwe; Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources & Dept. of Plant Science and Pathology. 237 Foran Hall/Cook College, 59 Dudley Road, Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8551.
Phone: 732-932-9711 x235 
Fax: 732-932-9411

Dr. Ilya Raskin; Biotechnology Center for Agriculture and the Environment & Dept. of Plant Science and Pathology. Foran Hall, Room 226B. 59 Dudley Road, Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8520
Phone: 732-932-8165 x227
Fax: 732-932-6535

John Pearson; Director, Rutgers University Foundation.7 College Avenue, Winants Hall
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1261
Phone: 732-932-8808
Fax: 732-932-6757