The mission of the Emory University Herbarium (GEO) is to serve as a botanical research and educational resource for the Emory University and global community. GEO aims to foster understanding of the human-nature interface by collecting, preserving, researching and exhibiting botanical specimens and ethnobotanical objects.
The Emory University Herbarium (GEO) is recognized in Index Herbariorum, an international registry of herbaria. Looking forward, GEO seeks to continue in the documentation and monitoring of:
- Plants used in research at Emory University and partner institutions;
- Medicinal plants for the purposes of understanding medical history and for drug discovery initiatives;
- Poisonous plants for physicians, pharmacists and veterinarians;
- Wild food plants for research on food security and food sovereignty;
- Other plants of economic importance for use in educational outreach; and
- Endangered, threatened, and rare plants for Natural Heritage Programs.