A challenge for science, a challenge for the senses
- Opened in March 2011 -
What does the future hold for humanity? That is the question asked by the Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre, located on the grounds of the Botanical Garden. The institution, created in partnership with the Université de Montréal, opened in March 2011 and houses huge plant, insect and fungi collections. Some fifty researchers work there, contributing to international research on crucial biodiversity issues. The Centre also includes a museum zone, the André Bouchard room, hosting exhibitions that explain the importance of different species for the survival of humankind and show visitors the impact of their actions on nature.
Scientists agree that 25 to 50% of all species on Earth are likely to disappear by the end of the century. Yet only one-twentieth of all the planet’s biodiversity has even been described as yet. The Biodiversity Centre has four basic objectives: showcase and conserve valuable plant, insect and fungi collections; share resources, knowledge and expertise in order to advance scientific research; encourage knowledge transfer and access to information; and raise public awareness of major biodiversity issues.