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International Center for Tropical Botany

In 2013, FIU created the International Center for Tropical Botany at The Kampong in a partnership with the National Tropical Botanical Garden, committed to fulfilling the need for great botanists at a time when other research institutions have shuttered their botany programs. The creation of the ICTB has ensured that FIU is doing its part to make sure there will be no shortage of capable botanists and researchers to meet environmental challenges such as food insecurity, climate change and biodiversity loss.

Continuing a Legacy

We are committed to furthering Dr. David Fairchild’s mission of saving plants and saving lives through research and training the next generation of botanists.



Our interdisciplinary faculty studies tropical plants and the resources they provide. These unique partnerships allow international collaborations that advance critical interdisciplinary research on pressing global issues.