Mission of The Green Biome Institute
Meet the Plants
Meet the Scientists
GBI Licenses and 501(c)3 Status
Formation of Institute
GBI Founding Documents
College of Science
Our mission is to help preserve California's endangered native plants through conservation, genomic profiling, and research into rare plant's beneficial traits in medicine and agriculture. The Green Biome Institute (GBI) is working to DNA sequence and genomically profile 300 of California's most endangered plants by 2026. We offer all of our services for free to our conservation and Botanical Garden partners and all data and analysis is made freely available to the public through popular databases and published white papers. Links to all are available on this site.
It is estimated that almost 350,000 species of land plants exist of which very few have genomic information available today.
As of January 1, 2024, the California Native Plant Society lists 967 endemic California plants as endangered (levels 1B.1 and 1B.2). The Green Biome Institute is sequencing and analyzing over 100 of these endangered California plants, leading the endangered plant genomic conservation effort in California.
To learn more about us; our projects, our partners, the plants, and the data, and more- please take the opportunity to look through this site. You can sign up for our newsletter to follow our progress and even walk away with a Green Biome sticker or shirt when you support our student's terrific work! We are thrilled to have you here! If you have any questions or would like to talk to one of our Directors, please follow the link below to reach out. We will get back to you soon!
California Botanical Garden
Luther Burbank Gardens
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
San Francisco Botanical Garden
San Diego Zoo
Tilden Regional Park
UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens
UC Santa Cruz Botanical Gardens
UC Davis/USDA Germplasm Center