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An algorithm competition for automatic species identification from herbarium specimens

Plant biodiversity is threatened, yet many species remain undescribed. It is estimated that >50% of undescribed species have already been collected and are awaiting discovery in herbaria. Robust automatic species identification algorithms using...

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7/6/20
Cyanea kuhihewa: Rediscovering one of Hawai'i's rarest trees

With 90% of its nearly 1,400 native plants classified as endemic, Hawai'i has one of the highest levels of endemism of any floristic region of the world. Although Cyanea is one of the most species-rich flowering plant genera in Hawai'i, nearly half of...

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2/25/20
The Extended Specimen Network: A Strategy to Enhance US Biodiversity Collections, Promote Research, and Education

For more than two centuries, biodiversity collections have served as the foundation for scientific investigation of and education about life on Earth. The collections that have been assembled in
the past and continue to grow today are a...

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12/3/19
Research Gaps and Challenges in the Conservation and Use of North American Wild Lettuce Germplasm

The North American crop wild relatives (CWR) of lettuce (Lactuca L.) represent an underexplored
pool of genetic diversity of potential value to breeding programs.  In this review, we examine the role of herbarium and genebank holdings in...

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11/1/19
Distributions and Conservation Status of Carrot Wild Relatives in Tunisia: A Case Study in the Western Mediterranean Basin

Crop wild relatives, the wild progenitors and closely related cousins of cultivated plant
species, are sources of valuable genetic resources for crop improvement. Persisting gaps
in knowledge of taxonomy, distributions, and...

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10/2/19
ASSESSMENT OF THE HAMAMELIDACEAE IN GLOBAL LIVING COLLECTIONS

The Hamamelidaceae has genera with named cultivars, but only one cultivar registration authority for the genus Hamamelis. Choosing the Hamamelidaceae as the focus of this project provides missing information for members of this ornamentally valuable...

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9/13/19
Plant Photo Verification Spreadsheet

Check out this Plant Photo Verification Spreadsheet put together by Boyce Tankersley and the Plant Nomenclature & Taxonomy Community.

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1/25/19
Online Resources for Nomenclatural Verification

This is a list of Online Resources for Nomenclatural Verification assembled by the Plant Nomenclature & Taxonomy Community.

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1/25/19
Online Herbaria Guide

This Online Herbaria Guide was assembled by the Plant Nomenclature & Taxonomy Community. It provides a list of herbaria for research purposes. 

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1/25/19
Ten-Year Performance of the United States National Elm Trial

Ulmus americana (American elm) was an important urban tree in North America prior to the introduction of the Dutch elm disease pathogen in 1930. Subsequently, urban and community forests were devastated by the loss of large canopies. Tree improvement...

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11/16/18
2018 Plant Collections Symposium Session and Speaker Recordings

October 17 Morning Sessions at University of British Columbia:  

  • Adapting a World-Renowned Botanic Garden to Climate Change-Chris Cole (Speaker): https://www.
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11/13/18
Beyond Cast Iron: A Juniper Level Botanic Garden Research Collection of the genus Aspidistra Ker Gawl

The humble Cast Iron Plant, mainly represented by Aspidistra elatior, is a well-loved garden plant worldwide. Most would be surprised to hear there are more than 90 recognized species, with more being discovered and described yearly. Aspidistra is a...

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11/6/18
Introduction to Access and Benefit-Sharing

Access and benefit-sharing (ABS) refers to the way in which genetic resources
may be accessed, and how the benefits that result from their use are shared
between the people or countries using the resources (users) and the people or...

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10/31/18
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
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
Vascular plant extinctions in California: A critical assessment

Extinctions of species and subspecific taxa in hotspots of biodiversity deserve special attention. After more than 40 years of major efforts, estimates of extinct plant taxa in California seem to be somewhat stabilized. The time is...

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3/12/18
Plant Diversity in a Changing World: Status, trends, and conservation needs

Although only a minority of plant species have a specific human use, many more play important roles in natural ecosystems and the services they provide, and rare species are more likely to have unusual traits that could be useful in the future. The ...

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1/12/18
New England Wildflower Society-State of the Plants

For the first time, this peer-reviewed report presents the most up-to-date data on the status of plants on the New England landscape. The data discerns increases and declines in both rare and common species across all six states (encompassing 186,400...

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12/12/17

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