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Botanic Garden, Delft University of Technology
Netherlands - Delft
Institution Code: DELF
International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y
About the Botanic Garden, Delft University of Technology
The Botanic Garden Delft University of Technology was founded on its present location in 1917. During the first decades the garden was involved mainly in education of students who specialized for positions in tropical countries, especially the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia.
The 'Applied Botanic Garden'has expanded its collection of 'useful'plants and covers now over 6000 taxa. Nowadays, the garden still retains applied plants as a major topic. Many applied research programs are based on the plant collection. All applications of plants comprise the core business of the garden and put the garden as a centre of expertise of applied sciences in the Netherlands.
Current Applied Research Programs:
1. Electrospraying of Taxus baccata. Electrostatic hydrodynamic atomisation (EDHA) induces the formation of aerosols from liquid plant components such as the precursors of Taxol and Taxotere.
2. Plants as biofilter. Removal of heavy metals in water from tropical mining. Cyperus papyrus, Pistia stratiotes and Eichornia crassipes can absorb and survive high concentrations of heavy metals. Research concentrates on plant deposits and optimalization.
3. Drought resistance research with Aloe vera in order to restore plant growth and the water table in extremely arid areas.
4. Study of wave patterns and wave characteristics in various mangrove forests in Vietnam in order to understand and to use mangrove as a natural coastal defence.
5. High-performance (bio)composites reinforced with natural fibres.
6. UV protection based on cuticular plant waxes.
7. Improve the stability of dikes in the tropics with Vetiveria zizanoides (matrix roots)and Cuperus rotundus (mat roots).
8. Development of a new type of "green" noise barrier.
Current Other Research:
9. Phenology of plants in greenhouses.
10. Design of a new public park in Sao Paulo (Brazil), includes a halophyte filter, an aeration system of water and furthermore displays of rare local trees and useful trees as an educational target.
11. The garden host research of purification of harbour mud (Department of Biotechnology TU Delft). Modified, enzymatically active bacteria purify mud from harbours of Belgium,Germany, France and The Netherlands. Algae are applied to revitalize the resulting waste water.
Botanic Garden, Delft University of Technology
Gate: Poortlandplein 6
NL- 2628 BC Netherlands
Telephone: +31 15 2782356/2789396
Fax: +31 15 2782355
Primary Email: Botanischetuin@TUDelft.nl
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- Staff Details
Director's Name: Drs.ing. W.N.J. Ursem (Bob)
Curator's Name: L.J.W. van den Wollenberg (Bert)
Plant Records Officer's Name: L.J.W. van den Wollenberg (Bert)
Horticultural Staff Number: 10
Educational Staff Number: 2
Research Staff Number: 2
Administration Staff Number: 1
- About the Garden
- Institution Type: Botanic Garden
Status: Private: N
Status: State: Y
Status: Educational: Y
Status: Municipal: N
Status: Satellite: N
Status: Trust: N
- Date founded: 1917
- Physical Data
Natural Vegetation Area: Y
Landscaped Area: Y
Landscaped Area: Size: 3 Hectares
Total Area: 3 Hectares
Annual Rainfall: 780 mm
Altitude: 0.00 Metres
Total area of glasshouses: 710 Metres
Total area of shadehouses: 300 Metres
- Features and Facilities
Herbarium: Number of Specimens: 100
Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: N
Seed Bank: Y
Published Plant Catalogue: N
Computer Plant Record System: Y
Open to public: Y
Friends society: Y
Retail Outlet: Shop: Y
Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: Y
Disabled access: Y
Number of Visitors: 33000
Number of Volunteers: 45
- Plant Collections
Accession Number: 6000
Cultivation Taxa Num: 4100
- Special Collections:The collection focus is on useful plants.
specialisations (counted as per January 2009):
Cannaceae:1 genus, 8 species, 38 cultivars
Cercidiphyllaceae*:1 genus, 2 species, 1 cultivar
Costaceae:4 genera,48 species,6 cultivars
Eucommiaceae*: 1 genus, 1 species
Hamamelidaceae:15 genera,44 species,28 cultivars
Heliconiaceae: 1 genus, 5 species, 3 cultivars
Marantaceae:16 genera, 96 species, 38 cultivars
Menispermaceae:6 genera, 13 species
Musaceae:4 genera, 34 species, 4 cultivars
Myristicaceae*: 4 genera, 39 species, 60 cultivars
Platanaceae*: 1 genus, 4 species, 6 cultivars
Strelitziaceae: 1 genus, 6 species
Theaceae*: 7 genera, 23 species, 1 cultivar
Thymelaeaceae: 1 genus, 16 species, 4 cultivars
Zingiberaceae: 20 genera,104 species, 15 cultivars
Genus Lavandula: 1 genus, 14 species, 23 Cultivars
*Families and genera that are part of the Dutch National Plant Collection, a national list of complementary special collections in botanic gardens. Other families and applied plants are part of the decentralized Dutch Plant Collection.Myristicaceae: all species of wild origin and a complete as possible genetic set of M. fragrans Houtt.
Costaceae: 10 living type specimens, at least two endangered species
- Conservation Programmes
Conservation Programme: Y
Medicinal Plant Programme: N
Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y
Reintroduction Programme: N
- Research Programmes
Conservation - Biology: Y
Data Management Systems and Information Technology: Y
Urban Environments: Y
- Education Programmes
Education Signs in Garden: Y
Public Lectures/Talks: Y
Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
Guided Tours: Y
Permanent Public Displays: Y
Special Exhibitions: Y
Courses for School Children: Y
Courses for General Public: Y