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Research and Resources

Research conducted at or relevant to the Peony Garden and our collaborators in the APGA Plant Collections Network is listed here. 

In 2015, the University of Michigan and the Central Botanical Garden of the National Academy of Sciences, Belarus, signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding to further research projects of mutual interest. The initial project focuses on the domestication, diversity and relationships among cultivated herbaceous peonies.


Current Research

Vlasava, N.B, D.C. Michener, A.N. Yukhimuk, V.V. Gaishun, R. Bryant, E.D Agabalaeva & E. Spiridovich. 2015. Genetic differentiation of historic cultivars of herbaceous Paeonia based on SRAP markers: documentation and conservation of botanic collections. USC 577.21:58(470-57)



UM Student Research and Internship Projects

2013-2014 UROP by Connor Pearsall with statistical assistance by Richard Bryant. The Ugly Ones Die. Beauty, Value and Extinction: a case study in ornamental peonies. For a pdf of the UROP Research Symposium poster, click here.


Additional Resources

Peony videos are available of selected plants from our collection.

A glossary is provided of technical terms as they apply to peonies.