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Small herbaria contribute unique biogeographic records to county, locality, and temporal scales

With digitization and data sharing initiatives underway over the last 15 years, an important need has been prioritizing specimens to digitize. Because duplicate specimens are shared among herbaria in exchange and gift programs, we investigated the...

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12/1/20
Measuring multi-stemmed trees

Diameter at Breast Height (DBH) is an enormously important metric for foresters, arborists, researchers, contractors, and the general public. With single-stemmed species, it is used to estimate timber volume, biomass, ecosystem services, and...

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11/12/20
Sourcing Native Plants for Ecosystem Function in Different Planting Contexts

In the native plant world, discussions about what plants are authentically native can get heated. Are the cultivars found at your local nursery native? Do they add ecological value or threaten biodiversity? In 2016, fifteen scientists from eleven...

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11/4/20
Lessons Learned: A New Kind of Rose Garden

Available to Members only.

Since the Ontario Cosmetic Pesticide Ban of 2009, Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) had struggled to maintain its Rose Garden to world class standards. Ontario's 2017 sesquicentennial celebration afforded the perfect...

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10/12/20
Plant and fungal collections: Current status, future perspectives

Plant and fungal specimens provide the auditable evidence that a particular organism
occurred at a particular place, and at a particular point in time, verifying past occurrence
and distribution. They also document the aspects of human...

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10/9/20
Focus on Sustainability Archived Webinars

A Focus on Sustainability is a collaborative series between the Ecological Landscape Alliance, Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council, ReScape, Deep Roots Kansas City, and the American Public Gardens Association. Focus on Sustainability webinars...

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10/7/20
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
International collaboration between collections-based institutes for halting biodiversity loss and unlocking the useful properties of plants and fungi

The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 calls for “strong global partnerships and cooperation” to support the other SDGs. The collections-based science community offers many examples of conservation of plant and fungal biodiversity,...

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10/5/20
PLANT CONSERVATION REPORT 2020: A review of progress towards the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation 2011-2020

The adoption of a Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) in 2002 and its subsequent renewal in 2010 were significant milestones for the Convention on Biological Diversity. Not only did this strategy, its objectives and targets provide a valuable...

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9/25/20
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
The Arkansas Native Seed Program

The “Natural Areas as Seeds for Restoration: The Arkansas Native Seed Program” webinar was recorded and is now available to view on the NAA’s YouTube channel. The webinar discusses the history and inspiration for the ANSP, goals, funding, partnerships...

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9/18/20
Integrative and Translational Uses of Herbarium Collections Across Time, Space, and Species

This Research Topic aims to synthesize and inspire the frontier of integrative and translational research using herbarium collections to highlight their unharvested potential for addressing outstanding research questions and societal challenges. The...

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9/17/20
Plant eco-evolutionary responses to climate change: Emerging directions

Contemporary climate change is exposing plant populations to novel combinations of
temperatures, drought stress, and other abiotic and biotic conditions. These changes are
rapidly disrupting the evolutionary dynamics of plants. Despite...

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9/10/20
Best practices for digitizing a wood slide collection: The Bailey-Wetmore Wood Collection of the Harvard University Herbaria

As herbaria move to digitize their collections, the question remains of how to efficiently
digitize collections other than standard herbarium sheets, such as wood slide collections.
Beginning in September 2018, the Harvard University...

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9/10/20
Botanic garden solutions to the plant extinction crisis

Botanic gardens and arboreta have evolved significantly from their origins as oases
reserved for the elite, to the conservation powerhouses they are today, visited by
over half a billion people annually. Now, with their sophisticated...

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9/9/20
Biodiversity Collections, Data, and COVID

Disease detection is one of many vital missions that biodiversity collections play, along with environmental assessment, online education, and detection of crop disease and potential bioterror
organisms, among many other uses. But the COVID-19...

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9/8/20
Climate change winners and losers: The effects of climate change on five palm species in the Southeastern United States

Palms (Arecaceae) are a relatively speciose family and provide materials for food, construction, and handicraft, especially in the tropics. They are frequently used as paleo-indicators for megathermal climates, and therefore, it is logical to predict...

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9/8/20
Creating a pollinator garden for native specialist bees of New York and the Northeast

The guide provides a detailed the native plants of New York that are crucial for supporting native specialist bees; including, where the region or habitat the plant occurs naturally, date of bloom, color of bloom, plant structure, how to obtain seeds...

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8/31/20
Interpreting the Science: A Toolkit to Communicate the Value of Native Plants

Native plants are important to the landscape. However, there is little clear information out there informing the lay public on native plant scientific benefits, uses in the landscape, and sourcing of plants. As centers of science, public gardens have a...

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8/7/20
Plant Conservation Community 2020 Annual Meeting

The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Association's Plant Conservation Community. Hosted by: Carrie Radcliffe (Restoration Coordinator, Atlanta Botanical Garden), Chair; Holly Forbes (Curator, University of California Botanical Garden), Vice-Chair

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8/6/20

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