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Wales Becomes First Country in the World to DNA Barcode All of Its Flowering Plants

Wales Becomes First Country in the World to DNA Barcode All of Its Flowering Plants | Herbaria | Scoop.it
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France loses its harvest wild flowers

France loses its harvest wild flowers | Herbaria | Scoop.it

With changes in crop cycles, specialised seeds, deep ploughing and land with poor productivity being set aside, wild flowers have been driven to the edges of fields, where they struggle to survive. In the Paris area, a third of them have disappeared already and another third is threatened with extinction. The poppy is still abundant all over France, but corncockle and darnel, among others, are in a precarious situation.

Botanists started being worried in the 1960s, because the flowers are a good indication of biodiversity on farmland, and they provide food for many pollinating insects. In the long term losing these pollinators will damage farming itself, because even cereals need to be pollinated.


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Shrinking leaves point to climate change

Shrinking leaves point to climate change | Herbaria | Scoop.it
Rcent climate change is causing leaves of some Australian plants to narrow in size.
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Historic Collaboration to Restore World's Ecosystems

Historic Collaboration to Restore World's Ecosystems | Herbaria | Scoop.it
Botanical gardens around the world have signed onto a collaborative 20-year project to rescue 100 degraded or destroyed ecosystems from Peru to Kenya.

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A glass vial of beans is worth a thousand database entries

A glass vial of beans is worth a thousand database entries | Herbaria | Scoop.it
Check out one of the illustrations in Brainpicking’s review of a recent book on the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (“which stands today as the oldest natural history museum in the Western Hemisphere,” and just celebrated its 200th...

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Superstars of botany: Rare specimens

Superstars of botany: Rare specimens | Herbaria | Scoop.it
A handful of plant collectors has shaped the field of botany. Now they are disappearing, and there are no clear successors.

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Arnold Arboretum goes mobile

Arnold Arboretum goes mobile | Herbaria | Scoop.it
The Arnold Arboretum has a nifty new app which lets you access information about individual plants right on your mobile phone as you walk around the grounds.

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Kew Economic Botany Collection - Search

Kew Economic Botany Collection - Search | Herbaria | Scoop.it
RT @marknesbittuk: Delighted that the Economic Botany Collection now fully online: http://t.co/HS6sBxMW...

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Putting plants online

The New York Botanical Garden; the Missouri Botanical Garden; The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh have announced plans to develop the World Flora - the first modern, online catalog of the world's plants - by the year 2020. This massive undertaking will include the compilation of information on up to 400,000 plant species worldwide. It will also achieve a primary target of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, an ambitious effort first adopted by the United Nations' Convention on Biological Diversity in 2002, to halt the continuing loss of plant biodiversity around the globe.


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Welsh botanists create plant database

Welsh botanists create plant database | Herbaria | Scoop.it
Botanists in Wales have created a database of more than 1,000 plant species which they hope will help with conservation and health research.

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Seed gene banks preserve crop strains to fortify food

Seed gene banks preserve crop strains to fortify food | Herbaria | Scoop.it

ROCK DOC: Seed gene banks preserve crop strains to fortify food ...San Angelo Standard TimesI work just a couple of blocks from a special kind of bank.


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Botanicus.org: Contributions from the Gray Herbarium of Harvard University.

Think "Tropicos" at the Missouri Botanical Garden as a resource re herbaria.

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Bishop Museum Botanist Finds Undiscovered Plants in Papua New Guinea - Honolulu Magazine - June 2012 - Hawaii

Bishop Museum Botanist Finds Undiscovered Plants in Papua New Guinea - Honolulu Magazine - June 2012 - Hawaii | Herbaria | Scoop.it
The Plant Hunter: This Bishop Museum botanist travels the world to find undiscovered species.
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Mission to map 10 million species in 50 years

Mission to map 10 million species in 50 years | Herbaria | Scoop.it
There are an estimated 10 million more species to be discovered.

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Why taxonomy is important for biodiversity-based science

Why taxonomy is important for biodiversity-based science | Herbaria | Scoop.it

Taxonomy usually refers to the theory and practice of describing, naming and classifying living things. Such work is essential for the fundamental understanding of biodiversity and its conservation.


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Saving Thailand's wild medicinal plants

Saving Thailand's wild medicinal plants | Herbaria | Scoop.it
As forests disappear so do the herbal plants used in Thai traditional medicine, special protection areas & methods to grow outside of forest needed.

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