• About the ICTB

  • The International Center for Tropical Botany (ICTB) was established as a collaboration between Florida International University (FIU) and the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) to study tropical plants and the resources they provide.

    The Center will provide research-based knowledge and tools to preserve and sustainably use tropical plants, and will foster programs to educate future generations of tropical plant biologists.

    ICTB develops research, education, and outreach programs related to tropical botany, integrating the research programs of a faculty with global presence in tropical regions.

    By building an international network of collaborating researchers and institutions, the Center facilitates international collaborations that advances critical interdisciplinary research on pressing global issues.


    Headquartered at the Kampong, the historical estate of plant explorer Dr. David Fairchild and one of NTBG’s five botanical gardens, ICTB is located in Coconut Grove, Florida. 

    The proximity of several world-class botanical institutes in Florida provides ICTB with unparalleled access to research partners and resources.

  • Vision

    Together with their international collaborators, ICTB faculty will advance projects that integrate three key research themes:

    • Processes generating and maintaining extraordinary tropical plant diversity

    Conservation and management of threatened tropical plant species and habitats

    • Myriad products and services generated by tropical plants, including foods, fibers, fuels, and medicines


    ICTB will generate lasting global impacts through collaborations with a wide variety of partners. The success of the center will be measured by the number of K-12, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students trained; the number and quality of academic research products published; and the utility of tools generated for the conservation and sustainable use of tropical plant resources.

    ICTB offers many ways for you to get involved, including research collaborations, outreach and training programs, and joint funding ventures.

  • Your gift to the International Center for Tropical Botany allows us to fulfill our commitment to tropical plant and ecosystem conservation, scientific research, education and outreach. Together we will generate lasting global impacts.

  • FIU International Center for Tropical Botany