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Table of Contents

Introduction with Peter Raven   1 | 2 | 3 | 4

The Matrix of Life   1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11
Botanists estimate there are 300,000 species of plants on Earth. In the next 50 years, one in 4 will be gone or on the way to extinction.

Frontiers of Discovery   1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9
Worldwide, scientists estimate that 50,000 species of plants - one in 6 - still await discovery. In the United States alone, one in twenty remain to be scientifically described.

The Science of Systematics   1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13
Understanding the characteristics, relationships, and geographical distribution of plants in a way that reflects their evolutionary relationships.

The Foundation of Knowledge   1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
The Garden herbarium and library are a priceless archive for studies by students, scientists, and scholars from all over the world.

Toward a Sustainable World   1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
The Missouri Botanical Garden is a key institution in conservation worldwide, bringing together local residents, indigenous peoples, scientific institutions, and government agencies for intensive conservation efforts.

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Editorial Board: Peter Raven, Marshall Crosby, Robert Magill,
Patricia Arnold, Brenda Jones, Jonathan Kleinbard
Editor: Susan Wooleyhan Caine
Contributing Writer: Gloria Bilchik
Web Site Developer: Beth Owen

 
Text and photos from "The Unseen Garden" available from MBG Press.

 
 
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