Navigation Links
Missouri Botanical Garden mounts milestone 6 millionth herbarium specimen
Date:10/17/2008

(ST. LOUIS): The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis operates one of the largest and fastest growing herbaria in the world, and the second largest in the western hemisphere. With the addition of a specimen of Anthurium centimillesimum, a gigantic new aroid species from Ecuador, the Garden's permanent collection of pressed and dried plant specimens has reached a milestone of six million specimens.

A herbarium is essentially a "library" of plant specimens. The Garden's herbarium includes about five-and-a-half-million vascular plants (flowering plants, ferns and conifers) and 500,000 bryophytes (mosses, liverworts and hornworts). The bryophyte collection is also one of the largest of its kind in the world.

"The importance of these 'libraries' of plants cannot be overstated," said Vice President, Science and Conservation, Dr. Robert Magill. "There are an estimated 300,000 recognized, named species of plants, with perhaps an additional 100,000 species still to be discovered. Herbaria are vital resources that allow botanists to organize information about this enormous diversity of plant life. Without a system of documentation that includes actual samples of the plants, it would be nearly impossible to make conclusions about the roles and relationships of plants, or to even verify the discovery of a species new to science."

Plant specimens are collected in the wild, pressed in newspaper folds, and dried in a wooden-framed plant press before being sent to the Garden's herbarium for study and identification. At the Garden, newly received specimens are counted, recorded, and treated by freezing to kill insects that might eat them. Permanent labels are prepared from the collector's field catalog for each specimen. The label contains information on where and when the specimen was gathered, by whom, and any features about the plant that are not readily apparent from the pressed specimen. The specimens are then studied by plant taxonomist
'/>"/>

Contact: Julie Bierach
julie.bierach@mobot.org
314-577-5141
Missouri Botanical Garden
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Missouri Police Department Introduces Electronic Traffic Citations
2. Missouri board grants Washington University Sustainability Center $3 million
3. Springer and the New York Botanical Garden Press join forces to publish botanical journals
4. Smithsonian scientists find evidence that could rewrite Hawaiis botanical history
5. Childrens gardens mushrooming
6. Attack of the invasive garden ants
7. Over the back fence: gardeners get advice from neighbors, friends
8. Childrens gardens mushrooming
9. Growing a garden of future environmental leaders
10. Childrens gardening programs grow environmental stewards
11. US fires release large amounts of carbon dioxide
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/9/2014)... nature,s ability to split the water molecule during ... artificial photosynthesis for clean, green and renewable energy ... scientists led by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley ... Accelerator Laboratory. , Working at SLAC,s Linac ... x-ray laser, the researchers were able to take ...
(Date:7/9/2014)... about the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant illness, Case Western ... to disabling disease: blocking bacteria,s access to iron ... bacterial siderophore, a small molecule, captures iron from ... as well as how the body launches ... findings appear in a recent edition of ...
(Date:7/9/2014)... first-ever global census of Adlie penguins shows that ... 53 percent larger than previously estimated. Adlie penguins ... to monitor and understand the effects of climate ... By using high-resolution satellite imagery, researchers from Stony ... a new method that permits regular monitoring of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Postcards from the photosynthetic edge 2Postcards from the photosynthetic edge 3Bacteria hijack plentiful iron supply source to flourish 2New study finds that Adélie penguin population is on the rise 2New study finds that Adélie penguin population is on the rise 3
... researchers report that common assumptions employed in the generation ... can lead to seriously flawed conclusions about gene activity ... biological research. "Expression analysis is one of the ... Member Richard Young. "So we are concerned that flawed ...
... new collaborative project among researchers from Uppsala University in ... first time, demonstrated experimentally the evolutionary force behind the ... of seed beetle. This mechanism is revealed ... Current Biology . The experiments leading to this ...
... PITTSBURGHWhile Omega-3 essential fatty acidsfound in foods like wild ... their effects on the working memory of healthy young ... the first study of its kind, researchers at the ... ages 18-25 can improve their working memory even further ...
Cached Biology News:Whitehead scientists identify major flaw in standard approach to global gene expression analysis 2Size does matter in sexual selection, at least among beetles 2Omega-3 intake heightens working memory in healthy young adults 2Omega-3 intake heightens working memory in healthy young adults 3
(Date:1/15/2014)... January 15, 2014 DTS Language Services, ... Online Web Portal for Life Science organizations who need document ... the subject matter of their documents in advance with a ... reduce time-to-delivery of translations, often a critical factor in clinical ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... 2014 Date: Friday, April 11, 2014 , ... Club, 1360 Almshouse Road, Warrington, Pa. , Details: ... dedicated to finding a cure for hepatitis B and improving ... its annual Crystal Ball on Friday, April 11 at Warrington ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... 14, 2014 EquitiesIQ, a leading informational ... ALQA). Alliqua is an emerging biomedical company acquiring, developing, ... care market. , Free report download: http://equitiesiq.com/reports/alliqua/ ... seasoned management team and Board, which launched the company’s ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... , Jan. 14, 2014  RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation ... developing and commercializing innovative therapies addressing major unmet ... it received the Notice of Allowance from the ... unique self-delivering RNAi compounds (sd-rxRNA®), for the treatment ...
Breaking Biology Technology:DTS Improves Efficiency for Life Science Document Translations 2Hepatitis B Foundation to Host Annual Crystal Ball Gala 2EquitiesIQ Initiates Coverage of Alliqua, Inc. 2EquitiesIQ Initiates Coverage of Alliqua, Inc. 3RXi Pharmaceuticals Receives US Notice of Allowance for a Key Patent Relating to its Self-Delivering Technology with sd-rxRNAs targeting CTGF, including RXI-109, for the Treatment of Fibrotic Disorders 2RXi Pharmaceuticals Receives US Notice of Allowance for a Key Patent Relating to its Self-Delivering Technology with sd-rxRNAs targeting CTGF, including RXI-109, for the Treatment of Fibrotic Disorders 3
... Sequenom, Inc. (NASDAQ: SQNM ), a ... announced the acceptance for publication of the manuscript, "Clinical ... of Developing Choroidal Neovascular Age-related Macular Degeneration." The article ... Genomics . The study, conducted by the company,s wholly-owned ...
... who design new materials often struggle to understand ... including polymers and biological materials change upon cooling ... a tar-like consistency at intermediate temperatures, then become ... lower temperatures. Scientists have long sought a molecular-level ...
... Researchers at Northwestern University have created a new ... invisible in the terahertz range. Though this ... the visible spectrum, it could have implications in ... by Cheng Sun, assistant professor of mechanical engineering ...
Cached Biology Technology:Sequenom Announces Publication Acceptance of Manuscript From Age-related Macular Degeneration Validation Study 2Sequenom Announces Publication Acceptance of Manuscript From Age-related Macular Degeneration Validation Study 3Sequenom Announces Publication Acceptance of Manuscript From Age-related Macular Degeneration Validation Study 4Sequenom Announces Publication Acceptance of Manuscript From Age-related Macular Degeneration Validation Study 5Sequenom Announces Publication Acceptance of Manuscript From Age-related Macular Degeneration Validation Study 6Understanding how glasses 'relax' provides some relief for manufacturers 2Researchers create terahertz invisibility cloak 2
AM100 is an aqueous-based, permanent mounting media designed for use with alkaline phosphatase and immunoperoxidase stained tissue sections....
...
... Fixation Buffer, used in conjunction with ... can be used to fix and ... staining of cytokines and other cytoplasmic ... been specially formulated for reducing non-specific ...
... polyclonal to JMJD2D ( Abpromise for ... Synthetic peptide conjugated to KLH derived ... Human JMJD2D.(Note: the amino acid sequence is ... Entrez Gene ID: 55693 ...
Biology Products: