Since 2012, the Botanic Garden of the University of Fribourg (BGF) and the Shanghai Chenshan Plant Science Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Shanghai, China) have been conducting joint expeditions, excursions and research activities.
Leading researchers: Sébastien Bétrisey and Yi-Gang Song
The main focus is put on the East-Asiatic Zelkova species: Z. serrata, Z. schneideriana and Z. sinica and since 2015 the East-Asiatic members of the genus Pterocarya (Juglandaceae): P. rhoifolia, P. stenoptera, P. hupehensis, P. macroptera and P. tonkinesis. The East-Asiatic part of the Project Zelkova and Pterocarya addresses following objectives: (1) Basic and applied research on relict, rare and/or threatened woody species of Eastern Asia (China, Taiwan, Japan, North and South Korea, etc.). (2) Capacity building activities (teaching, internships, exchange of students and young scientists, etc.). (3) Public awareness and outreach (exhibitions, books, workshops, etc.). (4) Iconographic collections (scientific photography, scientific drawings, etc.).