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Cloud-based data make searching the world’s museum collections easier

"The cloud idea – getting data out where it's accessible in a variety of ways – is very attractive," said Richard L. Moe, an information technologist and seaweed expert at the University and Jepson Herbaria. "Its capacity for indexing is unparalleled."

For now, though, Moe is working on an NSF-funded project to merge the California plant collections from 17 state institutions into one online database, which has many of the capabilities of a cloud-based collection. UC Berkeley's herbaria have already digitized their 360,000 specimens of California vascular plants (ferns, flowering plants and gymnosperms). Moe is collaborating with institutions as diverse as Cal State Chico and the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, all members of the Consortium of California Herbaria, to help bring their specimens online.

These online collections were used a few years ago by UC Berkeley researchers to predict the impact of climate change on California's endemic land plants.

"The value of online specimens is not only to document existing and new species, but also to investigate the spread of invasive species and future changes to distributions of native species and communities," said Brent Mishler, UC Berkeley professor of integrative biology and director of the campus herbaria. "A similar dataset is needed to document changes in the marine flora."

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Garage find is botanical treasure

Garage find is botanical treasure | Herbaria | Scoop.it
A man clearing out his garage in Somerset has discovered an important piece of ecological history.
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BioMed Central Blog : Bringing botany into the digital age?

BioMed Central Blog : Bringing botany into the digital age? | Herbaria | Scoop.it
Blog: Bringing #botany into the #digital age?
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Bringing botany into the 21st Century

Bringing botany into the 21st Century | Herbaria | Scoop.it
Botanical taxonomy, which extends to include the formal scientific naming of all plants, algae and fungi has gone through a landmark change in the procedure scientists need to follow when they describe new species.
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Our Herbarium: Dynamic Resource for Rapidly Changing World | Plant Talk

Our Herbarium: Dynamic Resource for Rapidly Changing World | Plant Talk | Herbaria | Scoop.it

From the New York Botanic Garden blog PLANT TALK:  Be sure to click into parts 2 and 3 of the nice series.

Our Herbarium: Dynamic Resource for Rapidly Changing World...

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12-year-old child prodigy gifted among naturalists — of any age ...

12-year-old child prodigy gifted among naturalists — of any age ... | Herbaria | Scoop.it

Another Mainer who met Joel over the summer is Brad Libby, the superintendent of horticultural facilities at the University of Maine. Joel visited him in Orono, where they talked about plant taxonomy, or ways to identify plants. Libby said that it can take a person years to build up a plant database in their minds as comprehensive as Joel’s.“Usually at that age, kids are more interested in Xbox and things like that,” Libby said. “He didn’t talk about any of those things. It seems he’s looking everywhere and enjoying and appreciating botany.”

During his visits to the university, Joel’s appreciation of nature and passion for botany really shone through. He had a mission to identify a weed and wouldn’t quit until he figured it out, Libby said."

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Art + Botany: Linnaeus's Tribute Album | Garden Design

Art + Botany: Linnaeus's Tribute Album | Garden Design | Herbaria | Scoop.it
A folk music tribute album to Carl Linnaeus (By the way, I was thinking that perhaps this could be music to weed to...it has an uptempo beat!
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Life of 'remarkable' baker marked

Life of 'remarkable' baker marked | Herbaria | Scoop.it
The life of a 19th Century Clackmannanshire baker who went on to become a world authority on botany is being celebrated.
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BioMed Central | Full text | Electronic revolution in plant taxonomy

Forthcoming changes to the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature will allow publication of new taxonomic names in online journals without the need for Latin descriptions or physical distribution of print copies - fully recognizing the...
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