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The Central Role of Taxonomy in the Study of Neotropical Biodiversity

The Neotropics are the most species-rich area of the planet. Understanding the origin and maintenance of this diversity is an important goal of ecology and evolutionary biology. Success in this endeavor relies heavily on the past work of taxonomists...

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10/6/20
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
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
Bartlett: Mulch Application Guidelines

Mulches provide many benefits for trees and shrubs. Properly applied mulch will moderate soil temperatures, reduce soil moisture loss, reduce soil compaction, provide nutrients, improve soil structure, foster beneficial microbial communities, and keep...

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10/15/19
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
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
Taxonomy based on science is necessary for global conservation

Taxonomy is a scientific discipline that has provided the universal naming and classification system of biodiversity for centuries and continues effectively to accommodate new knowledge. A recent publication by Garnett and Christidis expressed concerns...

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9/17/18
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
The conservation value of germplasm stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK

The Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) Partnership, developed and managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew), conserves propagules primarily from orthodox seed-bearing wild vascular plants. It is the largest ex situ conservation programme in the world...

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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
Public Garden Article: Taxonomy and Garden Design, a Successful Marriage?

Grouping plants together by type is a familiar practice in North American gardens where small, separate collections of maples, oaks, or other genera are common features. The application of a taxonomic theme to the layout of an entire garden is a more...

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11/5/15
Rationale and Guidelines for Drafting Collections Management Policies

This document contains an article titled Rationale and Guidelines for Drafting Collections Management Policies.

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11/4/15
Current State of Botanical Nomenclature by Gerry Moore

This is an article titled Current State of Botanical Nomenclature by Gerry Moore. Gerry Moore was the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Director of Science. 

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11/4/15