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Beauty-berry: POD at Sewanee Herbarium

Beauty-berry: POD at Sewanee Herbarium | Herbaria | Scoop.it
Callicarpa americana L. is a deciduous shrub in the Verbena family. Its opposite leaf arrangement is somewhat unusual, but it’s the fruit color that really distinguishes this plant. Beauty-berry is...
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The Use of Microsoft Word Merge Feature for Extracting Data from an EXCEL File to Create Labels for Herbarium Specimens, Wisconsin State Herbarium, University of Wisconsin - Madison

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Corneille Ewango is a hero of the Congo forest | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Botanist Corneille Ewango talks about his work at the Okapi Faunal Reserve in the Congo Basin -- and his heroic work protecting it from poachers, miners and raging civil wars.

 

He also started a herbarium with 70 dollars; trains botanists both internationally and locally.

 

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'New England Banksia' a distinct species, botany student shows

'New England Banksia' a distinct species, botany student shows | Herbaria | Scoop.it
The New England Banksia is largely restricted to the eastern edge of the New England Tableland, and is common in places along Waterfall Way.
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Triage for plants: Scientists develop and test rapid species conservation assessment technique

Triage for plants: Scientists develop and test rapid species conservation assessment technique | Herbaria | Scoop.it
Faced with a host of environmental threats, many of the world's plant species are believed to be at risk of extinction. But which species?

 

Herbaria are central to this biodiversity conservation effort.

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Emily Dickinson's Herbarium

Emily Dickinson's Herbarium | Herbaria | Scoop.it
In a letter from 1845, the 14-year-old Emily Dickinson asked her friend Abiah Root if she had started collecting flowers and plants for a herbarium: "it would be such a treasure to you; 'most all the girls are making one." Emily's own album of more...

 

$150!  Worth every penny, I expect and sigh.

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Discovering the value of the Greek national genebank

Attentive readers may remember a post several months back announcing a project that is attempting the unenviable task of assigning a dollar (or euro, or maybe even drachma) value to the Greek national genebank, and presumably making some...

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Herbarium | The National Botanic Garden of Wales

Herbarium | The National Botanic Garden of Wales | Herbaria | Scoop.it
Herbaria are collections of preserved plant specimens that act as a permanent record of that species.
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The Glory of Leaves - Photo Gallery - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

The Glory of Leaves - Photo Gallery - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine | Herbaria | Scoop.it
Sometimes a masterwork hangs in a museum. Other times it hangs from the branch of a tree or rounds out a slender stem.
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Flirting With Dirt | August herbarium

Flirting With Dirt | August herbarium | Herbaria | Scoop.it

Words and photographs by Kelly Ash

 

We should all consdier the seasonal, digital herbarium as a personal practice.

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Look Inside the Specimen Cabinet of a Charles Darwin Colleague : Discovery News

Look Inside the Specimen Cabinet of a Charles Darwin Colleague : Discovery News | Herbaria | Scoop.it

Such cabinets are cousins of herbaria.

 

Have you ever seen a Victorian naturalist's collections cabinet? I have such a cabinet, purchased years ago, at my house.

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Victorian Treasure: Emily Dickinson's Herbarium- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

It is not widely known that our great American poet Emily Dickinson was a practiced gardener before she became an accomplished poet. And though her poetry is boldly original and even "modern" in so many of its attributes such as intense com...
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As mushrooms evolve to live with trees, they give up DNA associated with decomposing cellulose

As mushrooms evolve to live with trees, they give up DNA associated with decomposing cellulose | Herbaria | Scoop.it
New research finds that Amanita mushrooms' evolution has largely been away from species that help decompose organic material and toward those that live symbiotically on trees and their roots.

 

"In addition to many species which are housed in the Farlow Herbarium, located at the Harvard University Herbaria, Wolfe spent months tracking rare species in far-flung locations like London and Hawaii."

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Kew - Economic Botany collection tour 23 - wooden vasculum for collecting plants.

Kew - Economic Botany collection tour 23 - wooden vasculum for collecting plants. | Herbaria | Scoop.it
This is a wooden 'bag' which would have over-the-shoulder straps for use. Plant specimens could be safely stowed without being crushed.
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Freeze Seeds to Save Plant Diversity - Room for Debate

Freeze Seeds to Save Plant Diversity - Room for Debate | Herbaria | Scoop.it
What if the plant you wish to conserve can no longer be found in the wild? What if the habitat that was its home is no longer there? By Cary Fowler.

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