The research group of Prof. G. Kozlowski at the Botanic Garden of the University of Fribourg in collaboration with the Natural History Museum Fribourg (NHMF) initiates and/or participates actively in various local conservation, research and museological activities.
The forest in the valley of Bonaudon (situated in the southermost point of the Canton of Fribourg) belongs to the most important biodiversity hotspots in western Switzerland. Many endangered plant and animal species have found their refuge in this remote area (e.g. Cicerbita plumieri, Campanula latifolia, Cephalaria alpina, etc.). The forest is dominated by Acer pseudoplatanus trees (some of them very old) growing on steep and rocky slopes. Prof. G. Kozlowski's group carried out several inventories and spoke up since many years for conservation of this natural forest fragment. In 2015 the area was officially designated as a "Forest Reserve".
30 May 2015 - 31 January 2016
The exhibition at the Natural History Museum Fribourg (Switzerland), realized in collaboration with Design NG Tornay (Fribourg) presented the most emblematic trees and shrubs from the regions of Macaronesia, Colchis and Transcaucasia. The genus Zelkova as well as selected highlights of Project Zelkova was prominently featured in this exhibition.
Curator of the exhibition: Emanuel Gerber (NHMF)