Boyce Thompson Arboretum Desert Legume Program - Seed Bank

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About the Boyce Thompson Arboretum Desert Legume Program - Seed Bank

The Desert Legume Program (DELEP) is a seed bank that was established as a joint project of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum and the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Mission Statement
1. To acquire and preserve in perpetuity seeds of legumes native to the arid and semiarid lands of the world.

2. To learn more about the nature and utility of these unique species.

3. To share this germplasm with professionals and laypeople having a legitimate interest.

4. To aid in the preservation and conservation of desert legume biodiversity through both in situ and ex situ means.

Main Address:
Boyce Thompson Arboretum Desert Legume Program - Seed Bank
The University of Arizona
2120 E.Allen Road
Arizona 85719 United States of America

Telephone: (520) 647-2460
Fax: (520) 647-2638
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr. Seymour H. Sohmer
    Curator's Name: Matthew B. Johnson
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 1
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number: 1

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Gene/Seed Bank
  • Status
  • Status: Private: No
    Status: State: Yes
    Status: Educational: Yes
    Status: Municipal: No
    Status: Satellite: Yes
    Status: Trust: No
  • Date founded: 1988
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: No
  • Landscaped Area: No
  • Latitude: 33.2861190
    Longitude: -111.1181750
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
  • Additional Locations
  • Satellite Garden Names: The Desert Legume Program is administered by the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, located near Superior, Arizona.
  • Locality: Information
  • Locality: Garden Name: Boyce Thompson Arboretum
  • Local Address: 37615 East Arboretum Way
  • Locality: City: Superior
  • Locality: State: Arizona

Features and Facilities

  • Herbarium: No
    Arboretum: Yes
  • Micropropagation/ Tissue Culture Facilities: No
    Seed Bank: Yes
    Published Plant Catalogue: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: No
    Friends society: No
    Retail Outlet: Shop: No
    Retail Outlet: Plant Sales: No
    Disabled access: No
  • Number of Volunteers: 25

Plant Collections

  • Accession Number: 4079
    Cultivation Taxa Num: 1490
  • Special Collections:The Desert Legume Program seed bank includes over 4000 accessions representing 1402 species (1490 taxa) in 224 genera of Fabaceae.

    Evaluation fields at the University of Arizona Campus Agricultural Center and West Campus Agricultural Center provide growing space where some 120 taxa of woody Fabaceae are grown for evaluation and for seed increase and biomass collection. Additional taxa are grown in a shade house.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring: Yes
    Invasive Species Policy: No
    ABS Policy: Yes
    Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: No
    Medicinal Plant Programme: No
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: No
    Reintroduction Programme: No

Research Programmes

  • Biotechnology: No
    Plant Breeding: No
    Conservation - Biology: No
    Conservation - Genetics: No
    Data Management Systems and Information Technology: No
    Ecology: No
    Ecosystem Conservation: No
    Education: No
    Ethnobotany: No
    Exploration: Yes
    Floristics: Yes
    Horticulture: No
    Invasive Species Biology and Control: No
    Molecular Genetics: No
    Pollination Biology: No
    Restoration Ecology: No
    Seed/Spore Biology: No
    Systematics and Taxonomy: No
    Sustainability: No
    Pharmacology: No
    Agriculture: No
    Land Restoration: Yes
    Urban Environments: No

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: No
    Education Signs in Garden: No
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: No
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: No
    Special Exhibitions: No
    Courses for School Children: No
    Courses for University/College Students: No
    Courses for General Public: No
    Education Programme: No