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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
Writing Plant Names

This is a guide to writing plant names developed for use at The Arboretum at Penn State.

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6/11/20
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
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
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
Updated Plant Collections Abbreviations Resource

The University of British Columbia Botanical Garden compiled a spreadsheet of Collectors' references and expedition abbreviations with associated information that were gathered from various sources (mostly online resources). The spreadsheet is shared...

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1/7/19
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
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
Welkinweir Plant Record Handbook

This handbook provides guidelines for the maintenance of standardized plant records at Welkinweir. It includes an overview of Welkinweir's plant records system and outlines how to assign accession numbers and qualifiers to plant...

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2/23/18
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
Reforestation, Nurseries, & Genetic Resources (RNGR)

RNGR mission:

To supply people who grow forest and conservation seedlings with the very latest technical information.

Check out the RNGR site to utilize their national nursery and seed...

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11/17/17
PRE Pairing for Success: Emerging Invasives, Contentious Cultivars, and Common Ground

Meet the science-based, horticultural plant risk analysis tool that is good for business and the environment. Known as PlantRight “PRE” (Plant Risk Evaluator), this 20-question, online tool, and database enables Gardens to know before they grow if a...

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7/9/17