Established as a collaboration between Florida International University and the National Tropical Botanical Garden to study tropical plants and the resources they provide, the International Center for Tropical Botany (ICTB) provides research-based knowledge and tools to preserve and sustainably use tropical plants, and will foster programs to educate future generations of tropical plant biologists.
6 billion people get most or all of their medicines from plants. By 2060, 60% of the world population will live in the tropics, deriving nearly all their food, medicine and shelter from tropical plants. Balancing the demands for plant resources – currently threatened by climate change, habitat loss, and over-harvesting – by a growing human population – predicted to exceed 9 billion by 2050 – represents a major contemporary challenge and a core mission responsibility for ICTB.
With a growing human population, balancing the demands for plant resources is a major challenge and a core mission of the Center.