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Flickr: UBCBG Botany Photo of the Day

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Flickrgroup pool of  plant and plant-related photographs to appear on the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden's Botany Photo of the Day. User submissions are featured roughly once a week.

 

 

http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/potd/

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One hundred important questions facing plant science research - Grierson - 2011 - New Phytologist

One hundred important questions facing plant science research - Grierson - 2011 - New Phytologist | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it

Plant science is central to addressing many of the most important questions facing humanity. Secure food production and quality remain key issues for the world in the 21st Century, and the importance of plants extends well beyond agriculture and horticulture as we face declining fossil fuel reserves, climate change, and a need for more sustainable methods to produce fuel, fibre, wood, and industrial feedstocks. There is also untapped potential in optimizing the nutritional properties of foods, and in identifying novel plant products such as medicines. Tackling these frontiers will require new scientific
methods and collaborations as existing approaches
are delivering incomplete answers.

 

Many of the most important questions that we have
identified can only be addressed by the integrated efforts of scientists with diverse expertise.


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Flickr: Galerie de BioDivLibrary

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Bio Diversity Library Flickr Photostream


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Herbaria still matter: climate change documentation

http://blogs.nature.com/news/2010/09/clues_to_climate_change_hidden.html

From this Nature 2010 blog post:

Every year, the media reports that the transition between winter and spring is arriving earlier, and that plants are no longer blooming when they used to. But accurate records of the effects of changing temperatures on plant flowering times are patchy at best.The shortage of available data may not be a problem for much longer. A study published in the Journal of Ecology has shown that the vast collections of dried plant specimens held in museum and botanic garden herbaria around the world can be used to track the relationship between changing temperatures and plant flowering times reliably, even though many of the specimens are more than a hundred years old.

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Treasure at Tropicos

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This image, courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden Tropicos database, should amaze more than just plant-mad people. http://www.tropicos.org/Image/100133434

 

Charles Darwin collected this specimen of Aspenium dareoides in Chile; see his handwriting on a paper tag in the bottom right corner.

 

Tropicos, originally created for internal research at the Garden, but is now available to the world’s scientific community.  Publically available, are all of the nomenclatural, bibliographic, and specimen data accumulated in MBG’s electronic databases during the past 25 years. The Tropicos system has over 1.2 million scientific names and 3.9 million specimen records.

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Seaweed Pressings: Herbaria-action in art!

From Alga-net's Flickr profile: Born in a french atlantic town, living for a long time in spanish mediterranean coast, I have always been involved with the sea. Two hobbies seashells and seaweeds.

 

Since 1996, I have been collecting, preserving and pressing seaweeds, based on traditional methods of botany but also improving my own technique to press and avoid fading with around 150 different species of algae, tiny ones and giant kelps.

Turning seaweeds into art is my challenge and results can be seen through my exclusive works: scientific pressings, vintage compositions, herbarium, bookmarks, giveaways, multi-panel collages.

 

Every work is different and constitutes an original model. The design will be variable even if the same species of seaweed are used. Green, brown and red seaweeds offer a marine festival of natural forms and colors.

Some of my work is for sale at my Etsy shop:
www.AlgaNet.etsy.com/

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Encyclopedia of Life catalogues more than one-third of Earth's species

Encyclopedia of Life catalogues more than one-third of Earth's species | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it
The Encyclopedia of Life (EoL), a free and collaborative website, said on Monday it now has pages for each of 750,000 species, meaning more than one-third of all the planet's 1.9m species are now covered.

Jennifer Preece, dean of the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland said, "There are many online sites dedicated to specific groups of species such as insects, birds or mammals. Not since Noah, however, has there been an effort like this to bring all the world's species together."

The site uses content from 180 partners to bring together images, videos and scientific information, including 35m pages of scanned literature created by the Biodiversity Heritage Library. The new site allows members to create their own collection of species.


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Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers

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The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers

Objects | Drawings

How the Flowers Were Made

Preserving the Glass Flowers

About the Flameworking Demonstrations

Exhibition Podcast | Exhibition Audio Tour

Accompanying Publications


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USU scientist aims to create 'pasture pharmacy' - Houston Chronicle

USU scientist aims to create 'pasture pharmacy' - Houston Chronicle | Botany Roundup: Worthy Plant News | Scoop.it
Deseret NewsUSU scientist aims to create 'pasture pharmacy'Houston ChronicleProfessor Juan Villalba's project is aimed at finding a way for livestock to basically treat themselves for parasites by putting medicinal plants in fields that they can...
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