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Orchid Recovery Program at Illinois College

Orchid Recovery Program

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Mission Statement
The Mission of the Orchid Recovery Program at Illinois College is to integrate undergraduate student learning with the conservation of North America’s rarest native orchids. The Program seeks to instill in its students an appreciation for our planet’s natural resources, and provide the basic tools for lifelong learning, stewardship, and service.
Orchid Recovery Program
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The Lab
Our laboratory is housed in room 132 of the Parker Science building, built in 2002. The lab is equipped with a sterile hood, microscopes, orchid library, computers, and personal desk space for two undergraduate students. Seedlings grown in vitro on Petri plates are cultivated in our building’s Sterile Room and/or in a climate-controlled growth chamber. Deflasked (ex vitro) seedlings are then transferred to the Parker Science greenhouse on the roof of the building, prior to reintroduction in natural habitats.

Photo: Chris Young
Photo: Chris Young

Photo: Chris Young

Current Projects
Conservation of Epiphytic Orchids of South Florida
Cultivation and Reintroduction of Federally Endangered Hawaiian Endemic, Platanthera holochila
Recovery of Mycorrhizal Fungi from the Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid, Platanthera leucophaea
Orchid Conservation in Madagascar with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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