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.
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.
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.
"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.
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).