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Plant Resources Division

Major research interests

  • Establishes and operates cooperative systems among the industry, academic and research institutes in regards to biological resources
  • Accelerates the utilization of biological resources and transfers study results
  • Manages patents and industrial property rights
  • Collects and processes traditional knowledge and analyzes its utility
  • Collects, analyzes, processes and provides utility-related information
  • Secures, manages the quality of and distributes at home and abroad the source materials for the bio-industry
  • Produces and provides data and conducts study on standardization to distribute bio-materials
  • Surveys, collects and conducts research on overseas biological diversity and establishes and manages international cooperative systems
  • Carries out tasks on securing and utilizing overseas useful biological resources

Plant Resources Division studying Bryophyte, Ferns, Gymnosperms, and Angiosperms identifies diversity and species composition of; carries out research on conservation and management of; develops search system of; evaluates usefulness of; and secures plant resources. Through systematic research on flora, the division consistently acquires basic materials for specimen processing and research of plants, and examines taxon of Korean endemic/indigenous plants and its delimitation, taxonomic location, speciation mechanism, and phylogenetic relationship by morphological, anatomic, cytological, and molecular phylogenetic analysis. Specimens of plant resources obtained at home and abroad are housed in preservation facilities and plants collected across the nation are raised in NIBR’s greenhouse and experimental garden.