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Norton-Brown Herbarium Home

Norton-Brown Herbarium Home | Herbaria | Scoop.it
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UMCP's fabled mid Atlanic collection now online.

 

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Who's In a Name: Alice Eastwood

Who's In a Name: Alice Eastwood | Herbaria | Scoop.it
Who's in a Name: A brief essay on Alice Eastwood, California botanist.
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She thought about marrying Jepson, of the UCB Herbarium.  He asked.  Neither married.  Novel in that story, I think.

 

Gary Snyder wrote a poem that included the line "...Alice Eastwood pink..."

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It’s official: genebanks valuable

It’s official: genebanks valuable | Herbaria | Scoop.it
You may remember that back in the summer we blogged about a project to assign a monetary value to the Greek genebank. Well, although the project’s website says nothing about any results yet, a video has surfaced which does give some numbers.

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GLOW 102 - Missouri Botanical Garden and Herbarium

The Missouri Botanical Garden Library was founded in 1859 by St. Louis businessman Henry Shaw. It is one of the finest botanical libraries in the world, used...

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Rescue scheme for Chilean trees

Rescue scheme for Chilean trees | Herbaria | Scoop.it
Seed collectors to travel to Chile to collect tree specimens as part of an initiative creating safe havens for the plants in Perthshire.
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Attenborough's botanical ark? Which 10 plants would your students rescue?

Attenborough's botanical ark? Which 10 plants would your students rescue? | Herbaria | Scoop.it

The BBC recently broadcast "Attenborough's Ark" in which David Attenborough selects 10 endanged animals he'd put on his ark to resdue for future generations. He makes his selections based on the species' interestingness or uniqueness, and his selections include the black lion tamarin and Sumartan rhino, as well as less familar animals like the solenodon and the olm.

 

What a great way to get students to think about endangered plants. I'd have teams of students create their own ark lists of 10 threatened plants to preserve for posterity, with justification, followed by a vote for best ark, based on diversity, novelty, rarity, interestingness, etc.

 

The video is available in the BBC site (in the UK) for a couple more days , and it seems to be on youtube as well.

 

Was asked to post links - the iplayer is only available in the UK (I think) and shows the full show, the link is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01ntt8p/Natural_World_20122013_Attenboroughs_Ark_Natural_World_Special/

 

But, you also seem to be able to watch clips of the show here, and I'm pretty sure it's available worldwide (let me know if not...): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p010x7ls

 

(How to train a quoll is brilliant - teaching tiny marsupials not to eat cane toads).


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Abigail Rumsey's comment, November 16, 2012 2:47 AM
This makes me think of the EDGE programme at ZSL: http://www.edgeofexistence.org/ where species are identified for conservation by whether they are evolutionarily distinct and globally endangered. Actually, now I've looked at their website, they've pointed out that seven of Attenborough's ten are EDGE species! http://www.edgeofexistence.org/edgeblog/?p=6062
Bioslogoss's comment, December 7, 2012 12:10 AM
Excellent teaching idea! Thank you for sharing, I will definitively use it!
Mary Williams's comment, December 7, 2012 12:16 AM
Thanks!
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Natural history collections are under threat

Natural history collections are under threat | Herbaria | Scoop.it
RT @museum_news: Loss of expertise is threatening future of natural history collections: http://t.co/hjIaA9lx #museums2012 #museums...

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LINNE: Legacy Infrastructure Network for Natural Environments

LINNE: Legacy Infrastructure Network for Natural Environments | Herbaria | Scoop.it
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British Pteridological Society: Fern World W W

British Pteridological Society: Fern World W W | Herbaria | Scoop.it
Here you can find out about the BPS and its activities along with information about Ferns and other Pteridophytes...
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the Virtual Field Herbarium

the Virtual Field Herbarium | Herbaria | Scoop.it

About the Field Guides Project

This site has been developed under project R7367 of the Forest Research Programme.

R7367 was a research project based in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford and funded by DFID/FRP. Managed intially by Colin Hughes, and by William Hawthorne since 2000, with artwork by Rosemary Wise and contributions from Stuart Cable and the following colleagues abroad. The project, and this website, is based in the Oxford herbaria, which is curated by Stephen Harris.

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Darwin's fungi unearthed by Cambridge University

Darwin's fungi unearthed by Cambridge University | Herbaria | Scoop.it
Fungi collected by Charles Darwin have been uncovered by a Cambridge cataloguer after more than a century in storage.
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Darwin's Plants from the Beagle Voyage

Darwin's Plants from the Beagle Voyage | Herbaria | Scoop.it
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New secrets of the plant kingdom uncovered after over a century in storage. University of Cambridge

New secrets of the plant kingdom uncovered after over a century in storage. University of Cambridge | Herbaria | Scoop.it

You never know what will turn up when you move house - the University of Cambridge recently moved its extensive Herbarium to the new Sainsbury lab, and found some forgotten treasures (video).

 

They've also got a very nice interactive exhbition of plants collected by Charles Darwin on his Beagle voyage  (http://www.darwinsbeagleplants.org/Darwin/Home.aspx). You can send your students on a digital field trip!

 


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How To Save A Public Library: Make It A Seed Bank : NPR

How To Save A Public Library: Make It A Seed Bank : NPR | Herbaria | Scoop.it
A small-town library in Colorado is lending more than just books. Patrons can now check out seeds and farm them.
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Artist preserves the beauty that nature intended - Ct Post

Artist preserves the beauty that nature intended - Ct Post | Herbaria | Scoop.it
Artist preserves the beauty that nature intended
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She helps out in the organization's William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, where more than 7 million plants are preserved.
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'Flora Fantastica: The Whimsical Botantical Art of MF Cardamone' on view at Philly museum

'Flora Fantastica: The Whimsical Botantical Art of MF Cardamone' on view at Philly museum | Herbaria | Scoop.it
MF Cardamone’s whimsical pieces are a combination of her two greatest passions: art and nature.
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Collections in the RHS Herbarium / RHS Gardening

Collections in the RHS Herbarium / RHS Gardening | Herbaria | Scoop.it
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Increasingly, images accompany specimen sheets...

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Harvard University Herbaria - Botany Libraries Archives Asa Gray Bicentennial 1810

Harvard University Herbaria - Botany Libraries Archives Asa Gray Bicentennial 1810 | Herbaria | Scoop.it
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Marybeth Shea's curator insight, December 18, 2012 5:38 PM

Botanist Asa Gray's notebook, sample page with pressed plant.

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Plants need a 'new deal' to stem their decline, warns Kew director

Plants need a 'new deal' to stem their decline, warns Kew director | Herbaria | Scoop.it

The economic and environmental benefits of plants must not be overlooked, says the outgoing director of Kew Gardens.


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Director of seed bank highlights importance of biodiversity - Madison Commons

Director of seed bank highlights importance of biodiversity - Madison Commons | Herbaria | Scoop.it

"John Torgrimson stood before a 40-person audience at Goodman Community Center Wednesday night as an ambassador for the very small.“Every seed has a story to tell,” Torgrimson said. As executive director of Seed Savers Exchange, he leads one of the largest seed preservation efforts in North America, fueled in part by gardeners saving and mailing their favorite seeds to the nonprofit. Often the seeds come with a letter, detailing the plant’s journey before arriving into the care of Seed Savers in northeastern Iowa."

A nice article by Emily Eggleston, a former student in my ethnobotany class.  It quotes me briefly near the end.




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The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Herbarium (FTG)

The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Herbarium (FTG) | Herbaria | Scoop.it

We have early 20th C. collections of John Kunkel Small, one of the most important figures in Florida botany; we also have 19th C. material from Florida collectors F. Rugel and A. H. Curtiss, and historical material from the Everglades. One of our most important collections is the original set of Correll vouchers which served as the basis for the widely acclaimed Flora of the Bahama Archipelago (1982).

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Collections in the RHS Herbarium / RHS Gardening

Collections in the RHS Herbarium / RHS Gardening | Herbaria | Scoop.it

Gorgeous Delphinium  Note, this is a PHOTO specimen, rather than a pressed plant.

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Kew News - eMonocot portal launched

Kew News - eMonocot portal launched | Herbaria | Scoop.it
A new portal for eMonocot provides a gateway through which to search and access this online biodiversity resource for monocot plants.

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Old Savannah flowers find new life at Armstrong Atlantic State University

The plants in this collection are all dead. For years they were tucked away in cabinets at the back of a lecture hall, nearly forgotten.
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Public Health Ministry opens Herb Center for educational purposes - Pattaya Mail - Pattaya News, Communities, Opinions and much more...

BANGKOK, 28 September 2012  - The Department of Medical Sciences, Ministry of Public Health, has opened a Thai Herb Center which houses all well-rese...
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