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Bits of bamboo – Botanics Stories. In the Herbarium at RBGE, we store a huge number of sheets of archival quality paper with squashed and dried plant specimens stuck to them.

Bits of bamboo – Botanics Stories

These have been collected over a period of hundreds of years, by plant collectors all around the world. It’s a phenomenal store of biodiversity, providing evidence of where different kinds of plants have been growing at different periods, and also allowing us access to genetic information from different times and places. Checking through the bamboo collections at RBGE’s Herbarium with Dr Linda Neaves There IS a trade-off involved in getting that genetic material, as our DNA extraction methods involve destructive sampling: the process includes a step where the plant tissue is pulverised then soaked in warm buffers, then discarded.

If it’s a big plant, then taking a small piece to generate genetic data is easy enough to justify. An Error Occurred Setting Your User Cookie. This site uses cookies to improve performance.

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If your browser does not accept cookies, you cannot view this site. Setting Your Browser to Accept Cookies There are many reasons why a cookie could not be set correctly. Herbarium specimens provide snapshots of plants’ past, data for future – #FloridaMuseumScience. While some might press flowers into books to preserve their beauty, researcher Mark Whitten does it to preserve history.

Herbarium specimens provide snapshots of plants’ past, data for future – #FloridaMuseumScience

Whitten, a botanist in the Florida Museum of Natural History Herbarium, glues pressed plants onto archival paper and stores them as specimens in the museum’s collection. He said herbarium specimens show data about plants’ location, habitat, flowers and fruits at the time of their collection. With this information, researchers are starting to make connections about recent climate change and its influence on the seasonal cycles of plants, or plant phenology. Whitten said researchers lack good observational records on when plants start to flower, produce fruit or form leaves, which is where herbarium specimens come in. This specimen was prepared by Florida botanist Robert K.

“If you get enough samples, statistically you’re going to be able to get a pretty good window on the flowering period of a plant,” he said. Assessing the Relevance of Herbarium Collections as Tools for Conservation Biology. Adhikari, D., S.

Assessing the Relevance of Herbarium Collections as Tools for Conservation Biology

K. Barik & K. Upadhaya. 2012. African genomes illuminate the early history and transition to selfing in Arabidopsis thaliana. Author Affiliations Edited by Johanna Schmitt, University of California Davis, CA, and approved April 11, 2017 (received for review October 13, 2016) Significance The principal plant model species, Arabidopsis thaliana, is central to our understanding of how molecular variants lead to phenotypic change.

African genomes illuminate the early history and transition to selfing in Arabidopsis thaliana

In this genome-sequencing effort focused on accessions from Africa, we show that African populations represent the most ancient lineages and provide new clues about the origin of selfing and the species itself. Untitled. Are herbarium mosses reliable indicators of historical nitrogen deposition? Medicinal plant uses and names from the herbarium of Francesc Bolòs (1773–1844) Ethnopharmacological relevance Ethnobotany takes into account past uses to be projected into the present and future.

Medicinal plant uses and names from the herbarium of Francesc Bolòs (1773–1844)

Most current ethnobotanical research is focused, especially in industrialised countries, on obtaining information of plant uses from elderly people. Historical ethnobotany is less cultivated, although papers have demonstrated its interest. Particularly poor, but potentially very relevant, is the attention paid to historical herbaria as a source of data on useful plants. Building on building mosses, a return to Schistidium in the built environment – Botanics Stories. Some Schistidium collections from the RBGE Herbarium Monday 27th March was the start of a month-long visit to RBGE by the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics‘s Dr Wolfgang Hofbauer, funded by the EU Synthesys Access programme.

Building on building mosses, a return to Schistidium in the built environment – Botanics Stories

This funding enables researchers from other institutes to get their hands on the natural history collections that they need to see and understand, but it is equally vital for collections-based institutes like ourselves, as it promotes the use and curation of some of the material that we conserve. Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center. New life for 19th-century plants. Humans have long had a knack for concentrating heavy metals that would otherwise remain at low concentrations within the environment.

New life for 19th-century plants

These human-produced pollutants can be found going back as far as one million years ago with fires in caves during the Paleolithic Era, to industrial development in the 19th century, to increased concentrations of contaminants like cadmium and lead in the 20th century. Yudina Ways Preserv Biolog. Extraction of ultrashort DNA molecules from herbarium specimens. Abstract DNA extracted from herbarium specimens is highly fragmented; therefore, it is crucial to use extraction protocols that retrieve short DNA molecules.

Extraction of ultrashort DNA molecules from herbarium specimens

Insights into grass phenology from herbarium specimens - Primack - 2017 - New Phytologist. In this issue of New Phytologist, Munson & Long (pp. 1945–1955) publish a study that is notable for its innovative methods, focusing on an understudied but vital aspect of grasslands, and insightful results.

Insights into grass phenology from herbarium specimens - Primack - 2017 - New Phytologist

Their analysis of herbarium specimens sheds new light on how the reproductive timing of grasses responds to temperature and precipitation. Specifically, they find that warmer annual temperatures tend to accelerate reproductive times of C3 grasses, but delay reproductive times of C4 grasses, with the greatest effects seen in annual species and in wetter, more northern locations; and that increased precipitation tends to delay reproduction for most grass species. These findings suggest substantial, and potentially predictable, ecological consequences, and highlight the need for more work in this area. Munson & Long took an innovative approach to addressing this challenge. Mobilising Richard Spruce’s 19th century Amazon legacy.

Contemporary Baniwa artefacts at Itacoatiari-Mirim, Rio Negro (Image: W. Milliken) The Spruce collections at Kew. On the identity and typification of Solanum brasilianum Dunal (Solanaceae) Dunal MF (1813) Histoire naturelle, médicale et économique des Solanum et des generes qui ont été confondus avec eux. Chez Renaud Libraire, Montpellier, 248 pp. Dunal MF (1852) Solanaceae.

Forty-five years later: The shifting dynamic of traditional ecological knowledge on Pantelleria Island, Italy. Cassandra L. Quave123Email authorAlessandro Saitta41.Center for the Study of Human HealthEmory University College of Arts and SciencesAtlantaUSA2.Emory HerbariumEmory University College of Arts and SciencesAtlantaUSA3.Department of DermatologyEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA4.Department of Agricultural and Forest SciencesUniversity of PalermoPalermoItaly Article. Computational Botany: Methods for Automated Species Identification - Paolo Remagnino, Simon Mayo, Paul Wilkin, James Cope, Don Kirkup - Google Books. Genetic diversity and structure of the Australian flora - Broadhurst - 2016 - Diversity and Distributions. Aim To investigate the relationships between species attributes and genetic parameters in Australian plant species and to determine the associations in relation to predictions from population theory and previous global analyses.

Pairing genomics with large-scale herbarium sampling. Plants are a ubiquitous and essential part of our lives. Estimates suggest there are hundreds of thousands of plant species known to science. How many species are there, really? Feasibility of using dried plant specimens for DNA barcoding. A case study of the Juncaceae [PeerJ Preprints] Background. ‘Jones hybrid’ hickory: a case study in Carya curation. Historical records include individual tree cards showing the date a seedling was planted, and providing information concerning seedling source, grafting dates, scion identities and sources. Museums are biobanks: unlocking the genetic potential of the three billion specimens in the world's biological collections. DNA analysis of a tobacco herbarium specimen reveals the presence of Peronospora tabacina in Italy in 1934. Using herbaria to find where to look for plants.

If you are a botanist past the undergrad level, chances are that you have used herbarium data. Got Plants? You may also have diamonds! Looking for diamonds? Now there’s a new way. Biblical Herbarium. Petal Anatomy. Make Seed Collecting Guides. Conservation Biology. Climate Change. Environmental Change. Climate Change Is Leaving Native Plants Behind. BERKELEY, Calif. — Willis Linn Jepson encountered a squat shrub while he was collecting botanical specimens on California’s Mount Tamalpais in the fall of 1936. He trimmed off a few branches and jotted down the location along the ridge trail where the manzanita grew, 2,255 feet above sea level. How Rising CO2 Levels May Contribute to Die-Off of Bees. Increased CO2 in the atmosphere has altered photosynthesis of plants over the 20th century.

Specimens used in evaluating weediness. Evaluating weediness with herbarium data. A fallow field covered with Melampodium divaricatum, near the volcano Ceboruco in Nayarit, Mexico (Photo: A. M. Changes of flowering phenology and flower size in rosaceous plants from a biodiversity hotspot in the past century : Scientific Reports. Validating Herbarium-Based Phenology Models Using Citizen-Science Data. Flowering phenology governed by temperature × precipitation. Australia’s Virtual Herbarium helps unlock the history of invasive species. Invasion of Ambrosia artemisiifolia in Italy: Assessment via analysis of genetic variability and herbarium data. A swainsonine survey of locoweeds. Drug Discovery. Plant-based remedies: An invisible healthcare system - Latino USA - Latino USA. Traditional Medicine. Forensic scientist’s workshop on Marihuana specimens.

Kew’s Plant Names Services used by global health regulators. Could Ancient Remedies Hold the Answer to the Looming Antibiotics Crisis?