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From One Photo to a Whole Flora

Haiti is home to an incredible flora of around 5,000 documented plant species. Within these, over 210 endemic shrub and tree species have been identified. These plants have only one home in the world, and it is here. Many other species have small...

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3/11/21
Plant Collections Network: Collections Inventory Template

This template was developed by curators stewarding Nationally Accredited Multisite CollectionsTM. It provides a standardized format and defined data fields for plant records inventories to facilitate coordinated activities among collaborating gardens....

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1/14/21
Vascular plant extinction in the continental United States and Canada

Extinction rates are expected to increase during the Anthropocene. Current extinction rates of plants and many animals remain unknown. This study represents the first effort to quantify extinctions among the vascular flora of North America north of...

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9/21/20
Access to crop digital information and the sharing of benefits derived from its use: Background and perspectives

Today's genebanks are essential to maintaining the resilience of the global agricultural system in the face of climate change, new pests and diseases, shifts in trade and dietary preferences, natural
resource limitations, and armed conflicts....

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5/20/20
Science and Actions for Species Protection. Noah’s Arks for the 21st Century

The format of this edited volume offers each of the three communities (natural history museums, botanical gardens, zoological gardens) the opportunity to present their cutting-edge research and communications outreach activities. In addition, this...

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5/11/20
Caution Needed When Predicting Species Threat Status for Conservation Prioritization on a Global Scale

A widely accepted approach to assess extinction risk, and a key source of data underpinning the IPBES report, is the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (hereafter Red List). However, with only 9%of plants represented by assessments at the latest...

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5/4/20
Guidelines for Listing, Categorizing and Sharing Information on Plant Taxa Spreading from Cultivation at Public Gardens in North America

The purpose of these guidelines is to provide a consistent methodology for public garden staff to develop and categorize a list of cultivated taxa observed escaping from their locations of cultivation. The recommendations are meant to guide public...

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1/23/20
Conservation Gap Analysis of Native U.S. Oaks

Oaks are critical to the health and function of forest and shrubland habitats in the United States, but many native oaks are threatened with extinction in the wild. Ongoing conservation efforts exist for some species, but with growing threats and...

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7/30/19
Extending U.S. Biodiversity Collections to Address National Challenges

The U.S. national heritage of approximately one billion biodiversity specimens, once
digitized, can be linked to emerging digital data sources to form an information-rich network
for exploring earth’s biota across taxonomic, temporal and...

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6/26/19
Enhancement of conservation knowledge through increased access to botanical information

Herbarium specimens are increasingly recognized as an important resource for conservation
science and virtual herbaria are making specimens freely available to a wider range of users than ever before. Few virtual herbaria are designed with...

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3/5/19
Simple but long-lasting: A specimen imaging method applicable for small- and medium-sized herbaria

Major international herbaria, natural history museums and universities have recently begun to digitise their collections to facilitate studies and improve access to collections. In Japan, more than 10 million herbarium specimens are housed in various...

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2/25/19
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
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
Soil Moisture Data

Soil moisture is a key factor in determining the annual progress of natural environments and human systems. In horticultural and agricultural settings, soil moisture information can aid in making decisions regarding plant variety choice and planting...

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10/28/15
Precipitation

As was felt recently at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, extreme precipitation and flooding can be exceptionally devastating. Excess rains can wash away trails, compromise bridges, and harm many varieties of plants in public gardens. Sometimes no...

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10/28/15