Anastasie Fătu Botanical Garden of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi

Anastasie Fătu Botanical Garden of Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi 2016-10-12T15:26:31+00:00

Contact

E-mail: gbot.is@uaic.ro
Phone: +40 232 201373
Address: 7- 9 Dumbrava Roşie Street Iaşi, 700487
Website: http://www.botanica.uaic.ro

Manager: Prof. Cătălin TĂNASE
E-mail: tanase@uaic.ro

Description

The Botanical Garden, founded in 1856, is named after its founder, the physician and naturalist Anastasie Fătu. It is the first Romanian university botanical garden and at the same time the largest in the country, unique through the high number of plant species and the special conservation measures. The establishment of the botanical garden on the Copou Hill, started in 1963 was continued and permanently improved. On the present emplacement it has a surface of 88.55 ha being organized in 10 sections: Systematic, World Fora, Greenhouse Complex, Romanian Flora and Vegetation, Moldavian Silvosteppe, Biologic, Useful Plants, Dendrarium, Ornamental and Rosary.

Today the collections of the Botanical Garden gather 8,368 taxa from different biogeographical regions that are cultivated outside or in protected conditions. The natural settings offer excellent conditions for the preservation of indigenous and exotic plants genetic found, education, research and recreation.

The unique character of the Botanical Garden from Iași is given by the remarkable patrimonial value of the scientific collections and the special section dedicated to sightless people, where plant species rich in volatiles are presented together with descriptions in Braille alphabet.

From February until August are exhibited species of azaleas, camellias, orchids, crotons, cacti, bonsai, tulips, irises, daffodils, roses and dahlias, while during September – November, since 1976 are presented, under the name of Autumn Flowers, chrysanthemums, fruits, seeds, ornamental cabbage, beet, chilies and decorative pumpkins that annually attract over 200,000 visitors from Romania and abroad.

The Botanical Garden collaborates with over 600 Romanian and foreign institutions. Since 2000 it is founder of the Romanian Botanical Gardens Association, member in International Plant Exchange Network (2009) and Botanical Gardens of Coimbra Group Universities (2011).

The Systematic Section (4.5 ha) presents the phylogenetic classification of the vegetal kingdom. Within this section there is an area dedicated to water plants, several rockeries, a peat bog, an auditorium, comprising over 700 taxa.

The Greenhouse Complex – 2500 taxa, is a section dedicated to the cultivation of tropical, subtropical and Mediterranean plants in 20 greenhouses with a total surface of 4,604.16 m2.

Romanian Flora and Vegetation Section (22 ha) – 700 taxa, comprises of plant species from different Romanian historical provinces. Moreover, considering the landforms, the phytocenoses are included within the vegetation floors and zonation.

Moldavian Sylvosteppe Section (14 ha) – 350 taxa, aims towards the in situ and ex situ conservation of the main ecosystems from the Moldavian Sylvosteppe.

Useful Plants Section (1.1 ha) – 558 taxa, includes vegetal resources from the spontaneous or cultivated flora with nutritional or medicinal value.

Biologic Section (5.27 ha) – 1212 taxa, presents several aspects regarding the plant species organization and evolution, their adaptation to the environment and the human influence on the amelioration processes.

Dendrarium Section (18.5 ha) – 158 taxa, includes woody indigenous and exotic plant species, grouped according to ecologic, systematic and landscape criteria.

Ornamental Section (4 ha) – 920 taxa, groups cultivated or spontaneous ornamental plant species and varieties. Within this section it has been established a subsection dedicated to sightless people.

The Rosary Section (1.7 ha) reunites approximately 750 rose species, varieties and hybrids, grouped according to their habitus, highs and flower color. Towards the margins the wild genitors are displayed according to their biogeographical origin.

World Flora Section (12.41 ha) – 520 taxa, comprises plant species grouped according to their origin, on different continents and biogeographical regions.

Since 2008 within the Botanical Garden operates the Micropropagation and germplasm conservation Laboratory focused on modern biotechnologies for the conservation of horticulturally and ecologically/sozologically important plant species. The adequate laboratory equipment allows the in vitro cultivation of cellular lines and vegetal tissues and the micropropagation and non-conventional preservation of plant species. The specific activities include plant tissue cultivation, isolation, cultivation and preservation of fungal species and testing the fungal isolates for their antifungal properties in the biocontrol of phytopathogens.

The Botanical Garden includes a Herbarium (with over 46,946 sheets), a library (16,140 books and 5,444 journals and periodicals) and a museum with fruits, seeds and specimens from different indigenous and exotic wood species.

Among the publications of the Botanical Garden, Journal of Plant Development is edited in Open Access system, with 1 volume per year, both online and printed. The journal was included with full-text in international databases as well as in other electronic indexing sources: EBSCO, CSA ProQuest, CABI, DOAJ, Index Copernicus International, Ulrich’s International Periodicals Directory, DRJI, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Georgetown Library, Open J-Gate, HELKA – Catalog of Libraries of Helsinki University, JournalSeek Genamics, BASE – Bielefeld Academic Search Engine, Academic Journals Database, EVISA etc.

Visiting hours

Daily: 9,00 – 16,00 (between 1.11 – 28.02), 9,00 – 17,00 (between 1.03 –10.09), 9,00 – 18,00 (between 1.10 – 31.10), 9,00 – 19,00 (11.04 – 15.05, 1.09 – 1.10) and 9,00 – 20,00 (between  1.05 – 31.08). On Mondays and Wednesday the greenhouses are closed.

Employees

74 at the Botanical Garden and 7 at the Green Spaces section of the University:

  • Biologist Camelia IFRIM PhD, scientific secretary, Greenhouse Complex Section and Micropropagation and germplasm preservation Laboratory coordinator; camicris@yahoo.com;
  • Biologist Adrian OPREA PhD, Systematic Section, Herbarium and International seed exchange Catalogue coordinator; aoprea@uaic.ro;
  • Biologist Constantin MARDARI PhD, Romanian Flora and Vegetation and Moldavian Sylvosteppe Sections coordinator; mardariconstantin@yahoo.com;
  • Biologist Cristiana PETRE, Useful Plants Section and Ornamental chili collection coordinator, criss_petre@yahoo.com;
  • Biologist Lidia ADUMITRESEI PhD, Biologic Section and Ornamental cabbage collection coordinator; lidia.adumitresei@yahoo.com;
  • Biologist Ciprian BÎRSAN PhD, Dendrarium Section coordinator; pricipris@yahoo.com;
  • CSIII Tiberius BALAEŞ PhD, researcher within the Micropropagation and germplasm preservation Laboratory; tiberius_balaes@yahoo.com;
  • Biologist Ana COJOCARIU PhD, Ornamental Section coordinator (chrysanthemums and indoor ornamental plant collections) and editor of Journal of Plant Development; ana.cojocariu@uaic.ro;
  • Engineer Mihaela POPA, Ornamental Section coordinator (outdoor ornamental plant collections, topiary forms and sightless people subsections); popa_gbi@yahoo.com;
  • Engineer Mihaela MIHALACHE, Rosary Section and Ornamental pumpkins collection coordinator; mihaela_mihalache10@yahoo.ro;
  • Engineer Iuliana GAŢU, World Flora Section coordinator; iuliana.gatu@yahoo.com;
  • Engineer Monica MURARIU – Informatic System Laboratory, events and institutional image; monica.murariu@uaic.ro;
  • Engineer Viorel HANGANU, Green Spaces Section coordinator; hanganuviorel60@yahoo.com;
  • Economist Eugen CIOBANU – Administrative Sector coordinator; stefanciobanu30yahoo.com;
  • Economist Carmen SCHIN – secretary and librarian; carmeni_2005@yahoo.com;
  • Financial administrator Petru CIOBANU – administrator; ciobanupetru59@yahoo.com;
  • Financial administartor Oltina SCURTU – technician Micropropagation and germplasm preservation Laboratory; oltinas@yahoo.com;
  • Financial administrator Valerica SUSANU – technician Greenhouse Complex; valerica70@yahoo.com.

 

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