Joyce and Ira Pegues Memorial Greenhouse
Within this diversity of plant species you will see benches overflowing with research projects. Graduate students in the Masters of Science in Integrative Biology degree program, Deayne Johnson and Eric Duncan research root fungus, grasses and restoriation. Research by Deayne Johnson is looking at the effectiveness of mycorrhizae-grass associations in the phytoextraction of heavy metals from the soil. While the research of Eric Duncan is comparing water use and drought resistance of two riparian species of Georgia.
Research interests of Joel McNeal, Assistant Professor of Biology, is looking at the parasitic plant dodder (Cuscuta sp., a yellow and orange stringy vines) and how it finds and colonizes its hosts.
You will find Amborella, a genus thought to be the very base of the angiosperm lineage. The smallest known flowering plant species, an aquatic plant in the genus Wolffia is there. This flower is so small you have to look at it under a microscope!
Not to be ignored, plants in the genus Amorphophallus may hold the dubious honor of having in its midst some of the smelliest plants are also found among the collection in the greenhouse. These beautiful - putrid smelling plant specimens came into flower spring semester, passers-by thought something had died near the greenhouse.
There are carnivorous plants in the Nepenthaceae, Cephalotaceae, and Sarraceniaceae families - as well as the sundew and butterwort families- Droseraceae and Lentibulariaceae. Plants from the outstanding collection have been used in plant morphology, plant ecology and plant systematics classes.