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

earch in 36 countries and six continents around the globe in an effort to collect, identify, and preserve plant specimens. Staff focus their efforts on areas of high biological diversity, with the goal of characterizing and grouping the plant life they discover.

The expansiveness of the Garden's science and conservation programs allows the institution to coordinate in-house editorial activity through MBG Press, the Garden's publishing arm. Plants collected in the wild and accessioned to the herbarium form the basis of scholarly publications, including floras, which document the known information about the plant species found in a particular geographic region. These taxonomic tools allow the Garden's wealth of plant information to be readily accessed by a wide variety of users throughout the worldwide scientific community.

"A fundamental part of our mission is to characterize, describe, and name the patterns of diversity found in the plant world," said Dr. James Solomon, herbarium curator. "We then build the tools that allow people to learn about, understand, and communicate about that diversity. In order to find medicines or sustainably manage lands, you have to be able to recognize and know the species involved. Our work is helping to synthesize knowledge from around the globe to make this possible."


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