Arnold Arboretum: Genomics Initiative and Sequencing Award

Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

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Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 1, 2021

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Massachusetts

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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As part of its Living Collections Campaign, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University has begun to create the first “genomic type collection” of plants in the world. This living collection will be the permanent home for sequenced living specimens of temperate woody taxa, available to all who wish to undertake research on the biology of these plants.

The Arboretum envisions this collection to be a central resource for comparative genomics, developmental biology, whole plant physiology, phylogenetics, and plant responses to the environment. In addition to growing germplasm of temperate woody plant taxa that have already been sequenced, the Arboretum will promote the development of additional genomic resources through competitive awards for de novo sequencing of important taxa within the Arboretum’s living collections.

The living collections of temperate woody plants at the Arnold Arboretum, numbering some 15,000 plants representing some 2,100 species, are distinguished as one of the most thoroughly documented in the world. Taxonomic diversity and breadth are noteworthy, and the floras of North America, China, Japan, and Korea are particularly well represented.

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  • Awards will be granted to support de novo sequencing, analysis, and data sharing of key members (i.e., accessioned plants) of the living collections.


  • Priority will be given to proposals that utilize the following Core Genera and preferred species, however requests to sequence other accessioned taxa or pairs representing biogeographic disjuncts are encouraged:
    • Ginkgoaceae (Ginkgo biloba)
    • Cupressaceae (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)
    • Juglandaceae (Carya ovata; Platycarya strobilacea)
    • Hamamelidaceae (Hamamelis vernalis; Parrotia perisca)
    • Pinaceae (Tsuga caroliniana)
    • Oleaceae (Syringa reticulata)
    • Theaceae (Stewartia pseudocamellia; Franklinia alatamaha)
    • Caprifoliaceae (Kolkwitzia amabilis; Heptacodium minconioides)
    • Magnoliacea (Magnolia zenii; Liriodendron tulipifera; Liriodendron chinense)
    • Adoxaceae (Viburnum furcatum; Viburnum lantanoides)
    • Sapindaceae (Acer griseum)
    • Fagaceae (Fagus sylvatica)


  •  Awards are not intended to serve as a salary stipend.