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Introduction and Advanced Collection Management with IrisBG

“Linnaeus' driving purpose was to bring order out of chaos in the living world." -E.O. Wilson. Keeping track of a few plants can be achieved using a simple spreadsheet. However, with a larger collection, the spreadsheet approach quickly becomes...

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6/19/18
Using drones to assist in plant conservation: Discovery, monitoring and sky-truthing predictive models

The National Tropical Botanical Garden has been collecting rare plant data in Hawai`i for over 40 years. When this information is paired with GIS technology, predictive indices can be created. Resulting predictive models indicate that native cliff...

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5/17/18
Standards of Excellence in Plant Collections Management: Self-Assessment Tool

 A companion Self-Assessment Tool is now available to help you evaluate your organization’s current level of collections management. Use the results along with the...

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5/3/18
BBG Collections Policy

BBG intends to guide, limit and manage their plant collections through the implementation of procedures described within this document. It is intended to be a working document and is subject to periodic review and revision by the BBG coordinating...

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4/26/18
Global Genome Biodiversity Network: saving a blueprint of the Tree of Life – a botanical perspective

Genomic research depends upon access to DNA or tissue collected and preserved according to high-quality standards. At present, the collections in most natural history museums do not sufficiently address these standards, making them often hard or...

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4/19/18
Considerations for Commercial Plant Introduction from Public Gardens

Public gardens can benefit from the introduction of new plants to the horticulture industry. There are many ways to develop and discover new plants in the public garden setting, whether it be through plant breeding, exploration or simply discovering a...

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4/13/18
Modernizing Plant Records Management

This report introduces readers to digital plant records management, provides a comparative analysis of the leading digital plant recordkeeping tools, and outlines considerations related to use of these tools to enhance plant care, public education, and...

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4/2/18
Digitized Collections Database Software Comparison

This document is meant to serve as a resource to compare three popular collections management software programs:

BRAHMS - http://herbaria.plants.ox.ac.uk/bol/brahms/software/v8...

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3/22/18
Documenting Living Collections: A Study of Curatorial Practices, Challenges, and Solutions for Historic Botanic Gardens

Botanic gardens are living museums, offering opportunities for conservation and research as well as education, experience, and enjoyment through their plant collections. A garden’s plant records system is as vital as the plants themselves, and serves...

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3/16/18
Provisional Seed Zones: Indispensable Tools for Forest Conservation Assessment

The tenth and first installment of 2018 in the Eastern Seed Zone Forum's online lecture and discussion series aimed at providing both information about the creation of seed zones in general and a forum in which professionals, experts, and interested...

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3/16/18
Using Provenance Test Data to Guide Seed Movement in a Changing Climate

The eleventh installment of the Eastern Seed Zone Forum's online lecture and discussion series aimed at providing both information about the creation of seed zones in general and a forum in which professionals, experts, and interested parties discuss...

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3/16/18
Native Vegetation Investments Pay Conservation Dividends

Viewers will learn about native vegetation’s applicability to a myriad of conservation practices beyond wildlife uses through an exploration of the supporting scientific research applied throughout the tall grass prairie and southeastern grasslands...

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3/16/18
Conservation utility of botanic garden living collections: Setting a strategy and appropriate methodology

In the realities of the modern world, when the natural habitat is rapidly disappearing and the number of imperiled plants is constantly growing, ex situ conservation is gaining importance. To meet this challenge, botanic gardens need...

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3/15/18
The Importance of Phenological Diversity in Seed Mixes for Pollinator Restoration

Restoration projects that support pollinators are becoming increasingly popular. Pollinating insects require resources, including nectar and pollen, throughout the growing season. However, commercially available seed mixes vary considerably in their...

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3/15/18
National Seed Strategy: Restoring Pollinator Habitat Begins with the Right Seed in the Right Place at the Right Time

In 2012, more than two million acres of important sage-brush habitat burned in four Western States. In the East, Hurricane Sandy caused not only widespread damage to homes and businesses, but also to native plant communities that stabilize soils and...

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3/15/18
Native Plants Materials Policy: A Strategic Framework

Native plant communities are key to ecosystem health, resiliency, and productivity. Since its creation, the Forest Service has been using native plants in reforestation, rangeland improvement, watershed restoration, wildlife enhancement, mine...

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3/15/18
Plant Records Manual

Complete and accurate plant records are a defining feature of arboreta and botanic gardens. Excellent plant records allow an institution to maintain and care for its living collections and use the collections to support its educational, conservational...

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3/13/18
Center for Plant Conservation's Best Practice Guidelines for the reintroduction of rare plants

Recent estimates indicate that one-fifth of botanical species worldwide are considered at risk of becoming extinct in the wild. One available strategy for conserving many rare plant species is reintroduction, which holds much promise especially when...

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3/12/18
Biological and cultural diversity in the context of botanic garden conservation strategies

Impacts of global climate change, habitat loss, and other environmental changes on the world's biota and peoples continue to increase, especially on islands and in high elevation areas. Just as floristic diversity is affected by environmental change,...

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3/12/18

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